Learning when not to force

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In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired.

In the pursuit of the Way, every day something is dropped.

Less and less is done until non-action is achieved.

When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.

The world is ruled by letting things take their course.

 Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 48

“Non-doing”  – Wu-wei, – meaning “not to force”,  refers to what we understand of one’s acting accordingly to one’s nature, of one’s swimming downstream, sailing before the wind, rolling like the waves or one’s bending in order to win.

 Alan Watts,  Tao: the Watercourse Way

photo sharon loxton



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