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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

It’s such a beautiful saying isn’t it, the ‘watercourse of nature‘. The subtlety of a breeze, the artful pace of the seasons, the flow of the clouds. Are we really paying attention? There are times in my life where I feel like a tiny paper boat, drifting down a river, being smashed on occasion on…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

The Tao Te Ching states: “Simplicity, patience, compassion.These three are your greatest treasures.Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.Patient with both friends and enemies,you accord with the way things are.Compassionate toward yourself,you reconcile all beings in the world.” I chose it for today’s Tao Tuesday as the line is about…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

‘The wind traverses the vast sky,clouds emerge from the mountains;Feelings of enlightenment and things of the worldare of no concern at all.’ From Zen Master Keizan Jõkin;1268-1325. (From ‘Transmission of the Light’ Chapter. 22) What would having no concerns at all look like? Feel like? Not being gripped by the concerns of your mind? This…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

This is Chapter 23 from the Tao Te Ching as translated by Stephen Mitchell. I would like to bring our attention to a few key parts, which for me are something I come back to frequently. How can we come back to our naturalness? By being present to exactly what is. When we are just…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

Art by Jia Youfa; China, 1942 In Taoism, aligning oneself with ones true nature, which is all of nature, is key. Our mind and ego, are in a way separate to this naturalness, and so we must learn to cultivate space from them. Our anxieties and our thoughts are not real, but we give them…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

Some of my favourite lines from 27 of the Tao Te Ching, and some things to ponder. ‘A good traveller has no plans and is not intent on arriving’. How can we truly set about to walk the path and not fixate on the future end? ‘A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever he…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

I recently read this passage from the Tao Te Ching, in respond to a wonderful student’s question, at a recent Integrated Meditation course. It reflects why we meditate in the first place. With only activity, only thinking, only doing, there is no space. We must cultivate inner space. We must recognise that the universe’s energy…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

I adore this passage, as in today’s world where action, go-getting and forcing are highly applauded, we can forget the gentle things. The soft things. In Taoism, things that are referenced are breath and air, water and vapour, and how we can relate, create space for experiences like these, referring to nature for inspiration. Too…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Tao Tuesday

This translation is by Stephen Mitchell of Chapter 44 of the Tao Te Ching, that we can really saturate in. It’s timeless, even though being penned so long ago, around 2500 years back. To dive into it I recommend actually journaling each question and deciphering the truth to each for yourself. “Fame or integrity, which…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Taoist Tuesday

There are so many ways to unpack this. The essence of it is to align with nature. When we align with the natural rhythms of every situation, and the larger situation at hand it gives us the grace to allow things to run their natural course. We release control. We recognise that although we might…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Taoist Tuesday

Taoism is a beautiful philosophy I have been studying now for decades, and it still eludes me, catches my curiosity and pulls at my heart. The essence of it for me is that there is only one thing. This one permeating thing is an essential life energy that we are made of, and can be…
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