The Tao of Earth DayBy Dianefergurson
The wonderful excerpt below is from a favorite book of mine, "Everyday Tao: Living With Balance and Harmony" by Deng Ming-Dao.
It is under the section, "Earth".
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
~ "what is bountiful?" the ancients asked. True bounty was not the treasury of the emperor, but the generosity of the earth. The golden hills provided home, country, belonging. The rich, black, fertile-smelling soil gave grain, vegetables, and fruit. The blue-shadowed mountains gave shelter from the wind and storm. And the seemingly endless plains and deserts provided ample room for exploration and adventure. Why worry about the abstruse, the ancients asked, when everything we require has already been given to us?
If you want to follow the Tao, the ancients said, first understand the perfection of heaven and earth. Wind, rain, and sun come to us through the sky. The earth gives us our home, our nourishment, jewels for our adornment, minerals for our use, places to travel. As the old saying goes, "Why look far away for what is close at hand?" You, like the students of the ancients, may want to study the Tao. Doing so may be as simple as bending down to pick up a clump of earth.
So many of us look and look for the Tao. The masters, it seems, are still pointing one hand to the sky and the other to the earth. ~
Enjoy "all" your Earth Days
~ diane fergurson
"Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park" courtesy of Julie Magers Soulen
Follow our daily updates at the Mind Body Spirit Marketplace on Facebook
These articles might interest you :
People keep saying to me, “Oh your little girl must be loving the normality of being back home in Australia.” I smile, nodding meekly, not wanting to seem... Read more7 hours, 58 minutes ago by Mint Mocha Musings
EXPAT, SELF EXPRESSION, TRAVEL
Another Month has come and gone! We are travelling through 2017 far too quickly! As much as I would love time to stand still for a moment – it can’t, and it... Read more8 hours, 7 minutes ago by Mischieviousmum
US soda sales are at the lowest since 1985. And they're not likely to pick up soon, as reports about the potentially brain-damaging properties of sugary drinks... Read more9 hours, 29 minutes ago by Dietdoctor
DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
Number 41 of my semi-regular instalment of biodiversity cartoons, and the first for 2017. See full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’... Read more9 hours, 43 minutes ago by Bradshaw
Seriously what is going on with the weather? I woke up yesterday morning looked out the window and was greeted by beautiful blue skies, brilliant I though to... Read more10 hours, 34 minutes ago by Ashley Crombet-Beolens
Sitting or standing, underhand or overhand, front-toss is tough to beat.There are several ways to practice hitting. Live BP and hitting off a tee are popular... Read more10 hours, 55 minutes ago by Meachrm
Judge R. David Proctor (center), with family members whohave benefited from ties to corrupt Trump AG Jeff Sessions(From facebook.com)How many ways can a... Read more11 hours, 52 minutes ago by Rogershuler
MOST RECOMMENDED IN BODY, MIND, SPIRIT
- Mars conjunct to Alcyone - Acting in a short sighted manner by Solarisastro
- Shooting on the Champs Elysees in Paris by Solarisastro
- New Moon in Taurus on 26th April - Showing patience and resilience for a long term gain. by Solarisastro
- Serena Williams announces that she will have a baby. by Solarisastro