I drift like a wave on the ocean.
I blow as aimless as the wind.
All men settle down in their grooves;
I alone am stubborn and remain outside.
But wherein I am most different from others
is in knowing to take sustenance
from the great Mother!
— from verse 20, Tao Te Ching
Living Without Striving
Lao-tzu advises you to slow down your incessant demands for more, and to relax your efforts to fill up every moment in anticipation of being somewhere else. Being here now is accomplished by adopting an acceptance of life as it is presented by the great Mother, or the Tao. You give up the idea of having to get more or to be in another place in the future, and instead see yourself as whole and complete just as you are.
Yes, you may seem to be missing something, but the something is really only an illusion. You’re no longer living inside yourself with a desire to be someone else or to gain something that seems to be omnipresent in all those around you – you’ve traded in striving for arriving.
In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, poet William Blake wrote, “Without contraries is no progression.” And in the profound teachings of Jewish mysticism is the statement, “The Book of Concealed Mystery is the book of the equilibrium of balance.” Our pagan fore-bearers celebrated the balance of opposites on the Equinox. This day, when the hours of light and dark are equal, was a sign, a teaching embedded within the mysterious yet comfortingly predictable time cycles. This ancient wisdom is marvelously illustrated in the yin-yang symbol. The image from Taoism teaches that light and dark — in fact, all pairs of opposites — are necessary. They are the Tao, the original and inherent way of all things. And growth — life itself — arises from their balance and equilibrium.
by Tim Campbell
VP Sales Director
Amber Lotus Publishing