A Year of the Tao – Day Nine

“The sage governs by emptying minds and hearts, by weakening ambitions and strengthening bones.” (From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)

This one is definitely a puzzlement for me.  How does one empty one’s own heart and mind, much less those of others?  As I continue to seek the “real me”, which is not a part of my human form that includes even the concepts of “mind” and “heart”, I’m learning to empty or allow it all to fade into the background.  Since we are all interconnected, as I empty myself it will affect those around me—leading by example in the truest sense.

As we let go of our ambitions, first and foremost the need to be right, we strengthen the “bones” or the constructs of our everyday walking around lives.  No longer needing to be tallest, we grow taller; no longer needing to be fastest, we run faster; no longer needing to be smartest, we become wiser.


About Karen Nicholson

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” ~ John Milton Writing about these moments of awe has been a driving force of my life for, well, as long as I can remember. Coupled with a devotion to sunrises and sunsets that defies explanation, a combination of the two seemed like the right thing to do. I welcome you to my world. May it be a blessing to yours.
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2 Responses to A Year of the Tao – Day Nine

  1. Bob Trost says:

    I think I have done some of this. And certainly understand the illusion of most ambition. But I’m not yet ready to embrace this concept fully. Still holding on to some of the notion that, “Man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for.”

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