Tao Te Ching – Chapter 63
Action on this path unfolds without effort.
Work is accomplished without strain.
Life is enjoyed without clinging.
The smallest things are honored
and the greatest things are seen as ordinary.
Ill treatment is seen
as an opportunity for kindness.
Small steps lead to great accomplishments.
Difficult tasks are seen
as a series of easy steps.
Therefore we pay complete attention
to the task in front of us.
There is no frivolous way to end our suffering.
By giving ourselves to the present moment,
this is exactly what we do,
for ourselves and for all beings.
A life according to the Tao is all without effort, nothing but a series of simple steps taken in the present moment. But…it is NOT frivolous. The transformation of society and the renewal of our relationship with the Earth depend entirely on our ability to live this way. All of our effort, clinging, fear, and striving for greatness have brought us to the eve of destruction. No political solution is possible without a complete reversal of our conditioned ways of living.
If we want to save the Earth and our life upon Her, here is what we need to do: When we feel ourselves striving for something, stop. When we find ourselves clinging to anything, stop. When we are distracted and not paying attention, stop. When we are feeling hate and resentment, stop. Return to simply living in the moment as a part of it All.
Sounds trivial in the face of the world’s chaos. It is not trivial! It is completely counter to the way we’ve been trained for millennia to live. If you think it is trivial, try it. If you truly sink into this way of living, it will be the most difficult transition you’ve ever faced. It will also end your suffering and the suffering of the world.