Tao Te Ching – Chapter 81
The most helpful words
do not please our conditioning.
Words that please our conditioning are not helpful.
This path is not taught by argument.
Those who argue
are not teaching this path.
Books cannot teach this path.
If we rely on books
we will not find this path.
Simplicity is our joyous and practical guide.
Therefore we always have enough to live with generosity.
In this way our path brings great gain yet does no harm.
No longer striving for control,
we discover life to be an ever-flowing river.
Time has passed with amazing speed. I have arrived at the last chapter of The Tao Te Ching once again, and once again I am reminded that my words may or may not be helpful. I have simply walked along, day by day, with Lao-Tzu as my guide and have hoped that my reflections may have sparked something authentic in those who read over my shoulder.
I can’t teach this path. I can only walk it and speak as accurately as possible about my experiences. I am going to take a break now and turn to my work here on the family property and to my other writing. In the next few days I will make a PDF version of this 81 day journal available on both of my sites.
Blessings to all.