Zen Meditation: Tao Te Ching Chapter 8

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 8 

By Lao Tzu

The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

When you are content to be simply yourself
and don’t compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.

Meditation Assignment:

  1. Grab pillow.
  2. Sit or lay.
  3. Relax.
  4. Regulate breathing.
  5. Focus: Pick any part of Chapter 8 for your intense calm, casually flow-y focus.
  6. Guided: Pretend you are a little twig on a big tree.  You have lots of little twig friends.  One day a strong wind snaps you out of your current existence and throws you around at a frantic pace finally depositing you unceremoniously into a river.  Your adventure begins…  Where do you go?  How do you go?  Etc.  Perhaps your journey will tell you about yourself if you let it…

There is no right way to meditate.  It can be easy if you let it.  Beginner suggestions here.

Live long and prosper.  Monica Gaylor


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