Tao Te Ching – Chapter 61
A country centered in this path is like a fertile valley.
All the world flows to it
and finds a place of rest and welcome.
Its stillness and tranquility
overcome the restlessness around it
and all find lasting peace.
This is our path of life.
We flourish not by pretending to be grand,
but by making a welcoming space for all.
When we bow a welcome to a stranger,
the stranger becomes a friend.
When the stranger bows a welcome in return,
we become a friend.
Everyone is welcome.
Everyone is home.
Restlessness! A big issue for me the past few days. I didn’t write yesterday because I was running around like a stray dog at a whistler’s convention. That sense of peace and tranquility is just beginning to reemerge.
When I am caught up in the agenda of my culture I do not sense that place of rest and welcome. I realize that my country as it is currently operating is not able to provide that space for me. I must find it internally by returning to the “fertile valley” within me. I need to once again disconnect from the media-driven urgency that has infected me and get back to the “real world” – the world of sights, sounds, textures, and aromas that are tangible, physical, and immediate.
I’m going “on-line” just long enough to post this. Then it’s back to the cold and bracing autumn day outside.