Lessons from Taoism
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Lessons from Taoism

This afternoon I really wanted to take a moment to reflect on a topic that I think resonates with most of us, the topic of “Things as they Might Be.” I have been reading the wonderful book, Te of Piglet, and this topic is so perfectly addressed, I wanted to share it with you all. This is one of the beautiful lessons from Taoism that has really influenced my life.


To the Taoist, unhappiness is the result of being guided by illusions- such as the mistaken belief that man is separate from the natural world. Problems, be they economical, ecological, or whatever, are caused by failure to see What’s There. Unpleasant feelings come from illusions: fear from What Might Be (which hasn’t happened yet), sadness from What Might Have Been (which is not necessarily what would have been), and so on. Living in fear of What’s Coming Next, What Can Go Wrong, What If I Do Something Foolish, and such, cannot enjoy and make the most of the present moment. Later, they look back and realize that they didn’t LIVE it.

It All Depends on How One Looks at Things:

A man dug a well by the side of a road. For years afterward, grateful travelers talked of the Wonderful Well. But one night, a man fell into it and drowned. After that, people avoided the Dreadful Well. Later it was discovered that the victim was a drunken thief who had left the road to avoid being captured by the night patrol-only to fall into the Justice-Dispensing Well.

River Leaves by John O Dyer

These passages really pinpoint a feeling that I think we all have in our subconscious but do not practice consciously. Being fully aware and present allows us to acknowledge that all things are happening for a purpose, but it is up to us to accept them and therefore learn from them. The more that you let go of worry, regret, anxiety and control, the more you begin to enjoy the wonderment of life. Each stage, each person, each hardship or blessing, leads us down the exact path we are unconsciously choosing. Therefore, project love, appreciation and an unwavering knowing that your life has a path, you do have control, and every step is for the growth of your being. After all, things are never how they appear, they are only how you choose to appear them.

I hope that through your journey, I can help keep you grounded and inspired so that you are able to see the beauty in the “madness”

If this passage has touched you, I highly recommend you purchase the book Te of Piglet, and its predecessor, Tao of Pooh. I read a passage from it every night as a part of my own “spiritual” growth.

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  • Reply Katy February 20, 2012 at 3:54 am

    We do need to stop and think a little…soak in the ‘now’ and accept things for what they are. It is hard to do in the world we live in. I have found that a major life-event can put things into perspective. I have lived such an event and, while it was devastating at the time, has led to much more appreciation and acceptance. I am glad I found this post…it reminded me to be more in the moment…especially as I have those moments which could so easily have been lost.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren February 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you Katy. It is so important just to have a way to remind yourself everyday.

  • Reply anna June 5, 2012 at 3:31 am

    such lovely sentiments. it can be so easy to get carried away with all of the rush of life, especially now, i think, when there is so much information at our fingertips. so much to worry about, if we let it in. i think these ideas are more important than ever.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren June 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Absolutely. Staying grounded is a full time job!

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