Why is staying simple not simple?
Tao stories | tao te ching | Verse 19

Why is staying simple not simple?

Are you making things unnecessarily complex? The new disciple is excited when he’s seeing the Master for the first time.  He jumps at the opportunity and curiously asks, “How do you practice Tao, Sir?” “When you are hungry, eat,” thoughtfully the master says, “When you are tired, sleep.” The answer is astonishingly simple to the disciple,…

Shake it off and step up
Tao stories

Shake it off and step up

We don’t know how life interprets what has happened to us … I enjoy reading this story by Joseph Sica. “Once upon a time there was a farmer who had an old mule. The mule fell into a deep dry well and began to cry loudly. Hearing his mule cry, the farmer came over and…

Alan Watts on Tao of Gain and Loss
Tao stories | tao te ching | verse 58

Alan Watts on Tao of Gain and Loss

Chinese parable narrated by Alan Watts   British-born American philosopher Alan Watts used the Chinese parable, The Story of the Chinese Farmer, to illustrate the way of life where nothing is experienced as either an advantage or a disadvantage.  He argues that it is the source of enormous empowerment and liberation. The farmer does not see life in terms of gain or loss or advantage…

Thinking About Not Thinking & Speak to the Universe
meditation | Tao stories | Verse 14

Thinking About Not Thinking & Speak to the Universe

“What should I be thinking about?” Asks a Disciple A young disciple, who has just started meditation, asks the innocuous question, “What should I be thinking about during meditation, Master?” “Should I be thinking about where I am in the universe, the way I meditate, or not thinking about anything?” The Master shakes his head and says, “I do not…

Are you victim of your own foot steps & shadows?
Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi) | Self-growth | Tao stories

Are you victim of your own foot steps & shadows?

Don’s run away!  You cannot get rid of your footsteps and shadows by running! Many of us are victims of our own footsteps and shadows, such as worries, fear, anxiety and lack of confidence.   Of the things that inflict these concerns on you, nevertheless, many are illusionary and self-imposed. It is like what Chuang Tzu’s described…