In yoga we seek to find balance… this is not a journey with a definitive goal because the world around us is in a state of constant flux. What is balanced for me now wont be balanced in a few moments time. Indeed this was brought home wonderfully yesterday when I knocked my tea and splashed it all over my computer key board. Life is a sea of change and we have to learn to go with the flow and keep adjusting to things around us – getting in a big huffy state will not really serve any purpose. It will only raise your blood pressure and then cause you to make bad decisions.
I love the Tao Te Ching – a series of writings by Lao Tzu as a guide for rulers – it forms the basis of Taoism and is an endless source of inspiration especially when you spill tea on your computer and then it turns itself off. I smiled, ‘blended with the path’, left it on the radiator and came back to it in the morning. It still didn’t work so I looked up on google (something else I love!) what to do – something about putting the battery into a bag of rice!! How Chinese! Anyway I took the battery out and it was as dry as a bone so I blew on it for good luck and replaced it. Hey presto, it is now working and I was moved to write you this blog post. All is well with the world!
Here is the element of Tao Te Ching and drew from…
FOCUS YOUR SENSES
BALANCE SUNLIGHT AND SHADOW
BLEND WITH THE PATH
THIS IS THE WAY OF THE TAO
Tao De Jing, verse 56
You can see another translation of this verse here