Lightly Child, Lightly.

The heavy is the root of the light.
The unmoved is the source of all movement.

Thus the Master travels all day
without leaving home.
However splendid the views,
she stays serenely in herself.

Why should the lord of the country
flit about like a fool?
If you let yourself be blown to and fro,
you lose touch with your root.
If you let restlessness move you,
you lose touch with who you are.

Lao-Tzu, from “Tao Te Ching” translation by S. Mitchell


Notes:

  • Poem:  via Thetaoteching (Thank you Beth @ Alive on All Channels). Photo: Eric Rose (via see more)
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”

 

Comments

  1. “the unmoved is the source of all movement.” – perfect

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  2. I‘m sorry, this is lost on me…. Is it because I‘m not Chinese? Or too lazy to reflect on these words? Or going out too much?

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  3. “If you let restlessness move you,
    you lose touch with who you are.”

    Ahhhh….love this.

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘ If you let restlessness move you, you lose touch with who you are. Lao-Tzu, from “Tao Te Ching” translation by S. Mitchell … ‘ and more!!

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  5. Cannot lose touch with our root. The one thing we cannot afford to lose.

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  6. my favorite translation of the Tao! thank you…

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  7. Just letting you know I was here

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  8. Love love Lao Tzu.

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  9. Stay rooted to the wisdom of the Tao my friend 💛

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  10. Warmth radiating in Florida, spring? I wonder, if perhaps your toes have warm sand between them on Easter break? If so, take each Gift of Breath, draw in the movement of life, the heart beating and it’s force circulating the oxygenated blood to those toes on those feet that help propel one on a path of forward, Peace…Kindly, Christie

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  11. Anonymous says:

    I do wish your family forward Peace…your families traditional break under the glistening sun in Flordia is more welcomed and important under the current circumstances of your loss…

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  12. Christie says:

    assume you realized that is me responding

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