Daily Meditation: Let Things Take Their Course

05/04/2015 09:53 am ET

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Today's meditation features a passage from the Tao Te Ching, translated by Stephen Mitchell. Chapter 64 of the Tao reminds us to stay rooted, let things take their course and remain true to our essential selves.


Chapter 64 in the Tao Te Ching

What is rooted is easy to nourish.
What is recent is easy to correct.
What is brittle is easy to break.
What is small is easy to scatter.

Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree
grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles
starts from beneath your feet.

Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what is almost ripe.

Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
He remains as calm
at the end as at the beginning.
He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.

What he desires is non-desire;
what he learns is to unlearn.
He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.

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