I believe that developing a strong philosophy of life is important. It gives one a big-picture view of life and strong sense of self. I love the Taoist philosophy. In its original form there are no churches, no dogma, no scriptures; just a poetic reverence for nature. Tao literally means “Way” or “Path”. In essence it says that one should embrace the flow of change in one’s life, living in harmony with the world (but if you don’t then that is still the Tao). A central concept in Taoism is Wu Wei which translates as “without action” or “effortless doing”. It is through this paradox, this effortless doing that we are in essence the “Way”.
Taoism began around 300/200BC in China and organized itself into a religion over the proceeding centuries. Putting aside all the religious mumbo jumbo, importantly for me in the Taoist philosophy, there are few if any opinions and little judgment. For what is an expensive robe? There is no such thing. The most influential Taoist text is the Toa Te Ching by Lao Tzu. The opening verse is: “The Way that can be described is not the true Way. The Name that can be named is not the constant Name.” So the Tao cannot be categorized or defined, much like the essence of nature or our feelings about something. In fact once defined the true essence is lost.
Categories: Spirituality and Mysticism