“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.