A Taoist Poem.

The mind of a man searches outward each day.
The further it reaches,
The more it opposes itself.
Only those who look inward
Can censor their passions,
And cease their thoughts.
Being able to cease their thoughts,
Their minds become tranquil.
To tranquilize their mind
Is to nourish one’s spirit.
To nourish the spirit
Is to return to nature.

Tao The Ching 52, trs. Chang Chung-Yuan, from Creativity and Taoism, Wildwood House, London 1963

English: A Taoist monk, Beijing.

English: A Taoist monk, Beijing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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