There is no reason you cannot experience Tao in a concrete jungle

tao and nature

Probably inspired by Lao Tzu’s saying ‘Tao models itself after nature’; many people have associated experiencing Tao as going back to nature.

As and when Tao is mentioned, it is often accompanied by pictures of tranquil seaside, beautiful stream, robust jungle and the like.

Indeed, going back to nature is a good way to experience the power of Tao. Things in nature are generally pristine and unspoiled, so closer to the original state and therefore Tao.

But going back to nature is not the only way to experience Tao!

When Lao Tzu mentions about ‘nature’, what he talks about is not only a place with lots of trees and breath-taking waterfalls. Rather, he refers to the nature of beings, i.e. what things ‘naturally are’.

Seeing from this prospective, it would mean that you are able to experience Tao anywhere you go. While there is no doubt that you can enjoy cuddle of Tao in jungle, there is no reason you cannot do the same in a concrete jungle.

The key question is not where you are. Tao is everywhere! What really matter is whether you are receptive enough to feel its company.

If you can empty your mind of all thoughts
your heart will embrace the tranquility of peace.
Watch the workings of all of creation,
but contemplate their return to the source.

All creatures in the universe
return to the point where they began.
Returning to the source is tranquility
because we submit to Heavens mandate.

Laozi Tao Te Ching chapter 16, translated by J H McDonald

Thanks to Percita for the picture.

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