No matter how many spokes a wheel may have, it is the hole at the center that makes it work. Clay makes cups and bowls, yet it is the hollowness that makes them useful. Walls make a room, yet the empty space between is where we live. What is there is useful; … More Daodejing 11
Body and mind embrace. With attention to the breath, we can become gentle. With attention to thoughts, we clear away flaws. Loving people and leading must be done without pride. The sky’s gate opens and shuts in birth and in death, yin and yang changing, and on. And on. Those … More Daodejing 10
A cup filled to the brim is hard to carry. Keep sharpening a point, and it becomes dull. A house filled with gold and jade becomes unsafe. When wealth and honors create arrogance, the harvest is tragedy. The Way of the creative universe lies in doing the work, then stopping.
The most useful of things is water. It benefits all as it seeks the lowest places without expectations. For a house, the question is location. For the mind, the question is depth. When it comes to giving, nature is the model; when it comes to speaking, it is care with words. … More Daodejing 8
, (based on a poem by T’ao Ch’ien) When I was young, I ran from the farm, the road my only friend. At twenty I got away, bird in the branches remembering a cage; fish in the sea seeing the edge of a tank. Yet, here I am again, a room high above … More Returning to the Fields