Lao-tzu says…

From the Tao te Ching, translated by Stephen Mitchell in 1988.

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Lao-tzu, 4th or 6th* Century BCE (*historians aren’t certain)

Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.

Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.

If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.

About Malcolm W Campbell

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4 Responses to Lao-tzu says…

  1. Bobbie Campbell says:

    This is lovely!

  2. mcmagency says:

    Truth.🙏

    Sent from my iPhone

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