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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Taoism defined

Of course, the Tao that can be named is not the true Tao. But as I often say I am a born-again Taoist (none of that alchemy and immortality stuff), I thought I should jot down my current thinking about what I mean. For me, Taoism is less a religion than a philosophy.

Taoism is the cultivation of an attitude. That attitude has at least three facets:

* peace - a mind that knows how to be quiet.

* potency - the ability to dip into a well of endless possibilities.

* appreciation. By focusing the attention -- zooming in to the particular, zooming out to the general field - we can find both balance and beauty.

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