“To allow oneself to “wander without purpose” can be frightening because it challenges some of our most basic assumptions about life, about who we are as humans, and about our role in the world. From a Taoist point of view it is our cherished beliefs – that we exist as separate beings, that we can exercise willful control over all situations, and that our role is to conquer our environment – that lead to a state of disharmony and imbalance. Yet, “the Tao nourishes everything,” Lao Tzu writes. If we can learn to follow the Tao, practicing non-action,” then nothing remains undone. This means trusting our own bodies, our thoughts and emotions, and also believing that the environment will provide support and guidance. Thus the need to develop watchfulness and quietness of mind.”

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  1. bigfatfurrytexan says:

    This is something I discuss with my son. No, not going all out and taking up the “Begging Monk” lifestyle. But rather, taking a moment (a long moment) to sit, watch, observe, contemplate, and understand. Our backyard is a great place for this, as it is surrounded by trees (we live in the desert), with the lady on one side having lots of birds come to visit her. Our yard is large, so our dogs can spend time sniffing around and finding stuff to sniff more of.

    If you sit, in the shade because it is 110 out there, but if you sit and just watch, you can not only amaze yourself, but also discover how brilliant minds like Archimedes, Pythagoras, Aristotle, and Schauberger were able to understand so much about life and the world around them.

    science is nothing but the study of nature. the layman can do this quite easily, with much the same effect. Despite modern notions, this is what the basis of religion is: the teaching of esoteric knowledge gained from logic and reason applied against observation.

    I always preach that life is a journey of personal discovery. Never take the word of someone when you can experience it yourself.

    Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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