Reflections on Chapter 72 of the Tao Te Ching:
When people are not expecting it,
Do not reduce your life.
Do not dislike your choices in life.
When you appreciate your life fully,
it never grows weary.
The sage understands herself
but never shows arrogance.
She takes care of herself
but does not distinguish herself.
She therefore leaves the outer dwelling
for the dwelling within.
Enjoy your life.
Are you appreciating that your choices make your life? They do. Even the toothpaste that you choose in the morning is a choice that makes up who you are every day. Our lives are so intricate. The more conscious we can be, the more we are able to really absorb what is happening in our lives and in our world.
We need to forgive ourselves.
The more we are able to forgive ourselves and have the ups and downs, appreciate ALL of life, the happier we will be. Gratitude is a hot topic these days. There’s a gratitude movement going on. The gratitude is really important and the gratitude is what will keep you going. Gratitude can be part of every day, appreciating the things you have and the people that make up your world. That is happiness.
By that, I mean worth remarking about. There are a lot of very positive things that are happening in the world. We all kind of go negative sometimes. That’s all part of life. You are going to have moments when life sucks. That is a normal part of experience.
Some people say that life doesn’t suck anymore and they have eternal happiness.
It’s not like you have spiritually developed people and they have sweet lives and everything is great and all that, but this is somewhat true. It’s really more about your mindset. Happy people don’t let some little blip in the system throw the whole system. They just ride the wave. They know fully that life is just like that – it’s a roller coaster. It’s all good. I think that is why the Buddhists speak about suffering.
Once you’ve handled suffering, once you’ve got that down
and have fully absorbed it into your system, it’s not suffering anymore.
I listened to this book recently called Mighty Be Our Powers. It is the life story of this woman, Leymah Gbowee, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for the work she did in her country, Liberia, on gaining peace for her nation. Her story is incredible. If you have not read her book, I definitely recommend it. At the end of her book, I was literally sobbing. I was driving and listening to it on my car stereo and I was sobbing. I was so moved by what she had done, but more so that she made me realize that world peace is happening.
Peace is happening in the world and I was missing it because I had my eyes shut.
It’s all about facing the beast. That is what he is talking about here. We are so world focused right now with the Internet. There are so many different cultures and so much going on. It can be overwhelming, but it is also incredibly beautiful.
The thing that really touches me about the Tao is that it gives us the tools for facing this life. That is the reason I am here. I want people to see the way life can be. People can be peaceful. We don’t have to have people aggressively try and outdo each other. We don’t have to have this huge consumerism that we have in some parts of the world. We can have peace in the world. REAL PEACE is possible. We just need to stand together in that place of love and compassion and lead others to do the same.