What I’ve Learned from the Tao Te Ching


The truth on the art of living

These are direct excerpts from Stephen Lam’s English translation of the Tao Te Ching. The headers are my take on the whole thing.

On being

The more truly solitary we are, the more compassionate we can be.

The more we let go of what we love, the more present our love becomes.

The clearer our insight into what is beyond good and evil, the more we can embody good.

On evil

Evil – a state of self-absorption in disharmony with the universal process

In action

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

The secret

When you are content to simply be your Self (don’t compete or compare), everyone will respect you.

Exactly the point

Do your work, then sit back.

Serenity now!

The only path to serenity:

  • giving birth and nourishing
  • having without possessing
  • acting with no expectations
  • leading and not trying to control: this is the supreme virtue

We are God

See the world as your Self. Have faith in the way things are.

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What I’ve Learned from the Tao Te Ching

By Tara Joyce Time to Read: 1 min