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Enlighten yourself with 5 life-changing tricks which Tao philosophized


Uncertainty


In this wiggly world, a sense of uncertainty frightens us. Right from when we are born, our parents guide us at a point of time then its teachers, professors, mentors, and then we turn to God. We need to be guided else we would fall into the chaos of unknown.


Culture, religion, customs were all a rule book for us to follow, a way of living, a path to follow. A sense of certainty instilled in human minds because to venture out and explore, impossible possibilities were gifted to only some.


Tao/Dao literally means a way or a path. Taoism is an ancient way of living dating up to 2500 years back written by Lao Tzu a Chinese philosopher. Taoism/Daoism helps in understanding how nature flows, how people behave, how the universe works.


We can never explain Taoism/Daoism, the first line of the Tao Te Ching book quotes


“The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.

The name that can be named is not the eternal name.

The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.

The named is the mother of ten thousand things.

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.

Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.

These two spring from the same source but differ in name;

this appears as darkness.

Darkness within darkness.

The gate to all mystery.”


That is the beauty of the universe, we have named things to describe it to understand it but what about abstracts like feelings, the loss of a closed one, the love that you feel can you explain it?.

Words fall short for it, words fall short for the universe. How do we know that the name that is given is actually what it is?


If we get an exact definition of the universe then we would question how it became definite and if it was God, how did God form, is there someone or something that powers God, what is the root? It just leads to more and more mysteries.

The Tao Te Ching

Taoism/Daoism doesn’t have a God to worship for you to find balance and inner peace in your life, Taoism/Daoism have guidelines that could help us to live on the earth harmoniously with nature as well as people.


We are a generation of people where a huge proportion stopped listening and following priests who tell us what to do. We believe in what we see. We have become an independent mind but we have never cracked on how to live with tranquillity with our independent minds.


Attitude in Taoism


The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu Budhha, and Confucius all had gathered around a bowl of vinegar. The three of them drank it and Confucius made a sour face which represented the world sour with corruption and evil and balance can be attained by introducing laws.



Buddha, Lao Tzu and Confucius

Buddha drank the vinegar and made a bitter face because of the desire of the world to gain more and never being content and that happiness can only be attained by leaving this world into tranquil nirvana.


But Lao Tzu had a happy face that depicted that a person’s emotion can be manipulated if he thinks positively. When you look at a mirror and smile, it smiles back at you. When you look at a mirror and cry your reflection does the same.


How you perceive your surroundings and yourself can speak a lot on your inner peace. A true Taoist understands that the universe is limitless and that they are also an integrated part of the universe and they are content about it and hence they lead their lives in pure bliss with no much misery and pain inflicted by their surroundings.


They face everything with a smile.


Yin Yang in Taosim


“Will you be the Yin to my Yang?”


The ever romantic pickup line used by generations but what does it mean?

In most of the cultures and religions, it is certain that good exists and evil exists. They encourage the evil to be destroyed, that is the difference be destroyed.


Yin and Yang

However, the people who believe in taosim comprehend the yin yang quite differently. The yang is the day and the yin is the night. The differences or the opposites must exist in order to understand the nature of this planet.


It could almost be related to “Live and let live”.


Go on with your own lives understand that in this universe every single life form has their differences have their uniqueness and all we have to do is accept them and move on with our content lives.

Understanding the yin yang gives a clear picture of how you can become a balanced person.


Change


The yin yang could also explain the changes in nature and that it is inevitable.


We grow up, from an infant to your adult life, we change but do we complain?


When we were younger at least a point of time we couldn’t wait to grow up, we couldn’t experience the whole wide world and walk on our own foot. But when we became adults we started complaining.


We experienced anxiety, depression and so many more mental health issues that we never faced while we were kids.


We embraced the change when we were kids, we wanted to grow up, we were excited when we lost a tooth, we faced the change with a smile.


So why aren’t we facing the changes that we face in adult life with a smile?


How the yin yang comes into play is the yin exists in yang and yang exists in yin as in when we were kids we wanted to be an adult and now we are adults we just want to be kids again, this is a cycle.


This just proves that the life of the universe everything is in a rhythmic cycle just like the crops that yield in summer die in winter but again yield in the summer.

Change is cyclic and inevitable.


Greed and desire.


When we have air to breathe, food to eat, water to drink, clothes to wear and a roof above our heads, why is it that we pursue more materialistic things when we all know that these things will never be transported with us after we die?

The five colours blind the eye.

The five tones deafen the ear.

The five flavours dull the taste.

Racing and hunting madden the mind.

Precious things lead one astray.

Therefore the sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees.

He lets go of that and chooses this.

When we used stones to light up the fire, we needed craving and desire to survive. It was a world of uncertainty and we had to have the rumbling of our stomach and dopamine in our system to release cravings so that we would hunt and eat.


Right now the scenarios are completely and utterly different. We do not exactly need to run behind an animal with a spear in our hands. Right now we have the ‘hunger of more’. When we get what we desire we look for more, it could be an act of moving forward to creating a better life for you, but you should notice if it destroys the balance that you have for yourself and the nature you ain’t doing any better.


Your conscience reminding you when you binge-watch a show knowing that you have a lot of work or eat excessively is your inner wisdom. You listen to it and you would realize that you are a bundle of wisdom waiting to be heard.


Listen to it.

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