A Year of the Tao – Day 30

“One who lives in accordance with nature does not go against the way of things.”

(From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)


Let’s try turning this around: one who lives in accordance with the way of things, does not go against nature.  The question still remains: what is the way of things?

The obvious answer is that the way of things is revealed to us in nature where there is law and order in the midst of what appears chaotic.  Take gravity, for instance.  Dancers like my son (pictured here) seem to defy it; my granddaughter’s experiments with it produce the standard array of bumps and bruises (on herself and on Mema) to show for it.

Perhaps part of the way of things is that sometimes we fall and can’t get up.  Sometimes we forget that we’re not 25 anymore and tear a meniscus trying to learn to belly dance

Sometimes we remember to breathe and to get enough sleep and to meditate and to medicate and to move and to eat right and to exhale. 

Other times?  Other times we remember to love. One who loves lives in accordance with nature. One who loves does not go against the way of things.  Love is the answer.  Love is always the answer even when we don’t even know what the question is.


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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One Response to A Year of the Tao – Day 30

  1. Bob Trost says:

    As simple as it sounds, this was sort of captured in the Beatles’ song, All You Need Is Love

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