To be a Taoist means many things to many people. To be a practitioner of Contemporary Taoism simply means to have realised that we are all minute parts of an indescribably large Whole (the Tao), and to choose therefore to 'Flow Like Water' and live in a spontaneous, natural manner. This blog is about: Personal Growth / Spiritual Development as guided by the principles of Eastern Philosophy, particularly modern philosophical Taoism; Developing constructive habits and achieving success with minimal effort; Meditation - Taoist, Zen or otherwise. See 'What In Lao Tzu's Name is a Contemporary Taoist?'

Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Tao of Imperfection

Hardcore Zen

I must be honest and say that I haven't had time to read this yet but it looks interesting. I am off to work now, not the kind of work that I would like to be doing, not my LIFE work, but just my pay-for-life-work.

As I prepare to get going, stuffing toast into my mouth, cringing at the thought of grumpy cafe customers and a day spent staring at a sink, I have the usual knot tightening in my guts. But I have bills to pay, and until the day that my life-work starts paying them, which I intend will be soon, I have to go and suffer the pain.

I want to kick and scream and pout and refuse to go, but instead I will ride my bike to work, and on the way I will thank the stars for my life. I will think about all of my many shortcomings, and thank the heavens for the oppurtunity to be who I am. We all have to work, we all let ourselves down, the trick is to let it go, to accept your life, and all its imperfections, as being perfect now.

Flow Like Water.


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