Thanks for popping in. Enjoying a little peace and tranquility here. I‘ve been cleaning the kitchen. Dave Bowie’s been keeping me company. I do like a bit of Dave Bowie on a Sunday morning. What a legend. So yes. I’ve been cleaning and singing and dancing actually! What do you like listening to when you’re doing the housework?
When you get into Taoism, The Way, as we are trying to here, you learn that deep meditation resides in banal, everyday activities. Provided you can immerse yourself in each process- be it making a cup of tea or emptying the dishwasher – there’s a great deal of peace and tranquility to be found in those tasks. Let’s not call them chores. Chores has a negative ring to it. Even more interesting is that I feel happy and energised afterwards too, not to mention pleased to have made the home fresher.
Simplicity, Patience and Compassion. These are key to Taoism. I can certainly keep things simple, and be very patient and compassionate. But not always. Just as often I can over complicate things, and lose patience with people, places and things. Much as I like to think of myself as a compassionate person, I sometimes catch myself being less than loving. No point in trying to justify it depending on the circumstances. You either show compassion or you lack compassion. Mmm. So the good news is that all three are within me. And probably within you too. Now I just have to learn consistency.
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Of course, there’s so much more to Taoism than that! But in this world where things are going completely haywire, perhaps a return to simpler things and thoughts would benefit us. It certainly can’t do any harm!
Have a good day. Make something. I’m going to enjoy a few hours of pottery. Also good for the soul.
Barb x x x