A Year of the Tao – Day 35

“Can you let your body become as supple as a newborn child’s? In the opening and shutting of heaven’s gate, can you play the feminine part?”

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


My first instinct—and I’ve stuck to it for the past two weeks—was to answer both of these queries with one word: yes.  Somehow I believe more is required of me than the simple acknowledgement that I am flexible both physically and mentally and that, as a female, I can play the feminine part (in fact, I have found that latter to be an imperative.)

A young virgin was asked much the same thing a couple millennia ago and she also said yes.  (What if she had refused?  Did she even have that option really?)  In a way haven’t we all been entrusted with the divine spark?  We each carry within ourselves a morsel of the eternal.  We are internally eternal (or, in some cases, eternally internal)!  Each and every one of us (yes, even YOU, even HIM, and even that woman you see every day who never smiles) is on this planet—in this fragile human form—for a purpose. Can you say yes to that purpose—whatever it may be—today?  Will you embody yes in all that you say and do?  Always simple.  Never easy.


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 35

  1. Bob Trost says:

    Have to think about this one, very, very deep!

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