Entertainment

Tao Te Ching  Chapter 35

Our practice looks beneath
the passing thoughts that seem so real.
Clinging to them brings pain.
Letting them come and go
brings peace.

Lively music and good food
may capture our attention,
but speaking of this path
is not exciting.
People would rather try to make things work,
look for distractions,
and listen to empty promises.

We turn to this path
only when we have exhausted all other paths.

 


 

 

We are bombarded with “entertainment” in every arena of society – media, politics, education, economics, and spirituality. Who has the patience to stick with any one thing when another, more interesting thing, waits just around the corner? I remember the ten or so years I spent as a clergyman in a mainline Protestant denomination. Each sermon had to be exciting and entertaining. New programs needed to be introduced every few months. “If they aren’t given interesting programs, they won’t attend and they won’t give” was the unspoken maxim. Churches needed to grow. Members needed to be recruited. Buildings needed to be funded. I was subconsciously looking for a deepening spiritual path and found instead a mid-level management position in a struggling business.

Underneath all my wandering has been the one stable Path. The Tao Te Ching has been my companion for more than 40 years and I have gradually allowed myself to trust its universal wisdom. Like everyone in our culture I spent years, decades, looking for distraction and entertainment, believing empty promises and wearing my psyche to a frazzle. All the while, the solid, ordinary, wondrous, and miraculous Reality of the Tao of Life has been carrying me along. I am so grateful to be a common drop of water flowing along in the River of Tao.

2 thoughts on “Entertainment”

  1. WOW! This one really hit home for me. I remember getting depressed every fall as I had to crank up new enthusiasm and programs to boost giving and membership. Dwight

    On Sun, Sep 1, 2019, 9:10 AM A Daily Dose of Tao wrote:

    > William Martin posted: ” Tao Te Ching Chapter 35 Our practice looks > beneath the passing thoughts that seem so real. Clinging to them brings > pain. Letting them come and go brings peace. Lively music and good food may > capture our attention, but speaking of this path is not exc” >

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