I had to follow the 9th verse of the Tao and take a day off, to let the work be done. I have recently been "doing" so much that what mattered the most was being neglected. Yesterday when I opened the book to the 9th verse and read it, I got my message loud and clear...
To keep on filling is not as good as stopping. Overfilled, the cupped hands drip, better stop pouring.
Sharpen a Blade too much and its edge will soon be lost. Fill your house with jade and gold and it brings insecurity. Puff yourself with honor and pride and no one can save you from the fall.
Retire when the work is done; this is the way of heaven.
Wayne Dyer shares his understanding of this verse as the Tao, which is in a continuous state of creating, knows when enough is enough. Living humility is knowing when to stop, let go and enjoy the fruits of our labors. I think that all too often enjoying the fruits of our labors is forgotten or postponed for some distant date in the future,a date that seldom comes.
So I decided to enjoy the fruits of my labors, to relax and seek the joy in the activities rather than focusing on an agenda. The result... a truly AMAZING day with my son and husband... and in fact, it was a day in heaven.
Verse 10, Living Oneness
Carrying body and soul and embracing the one, can you avoid seperation?
Can you let your body become as supple as a newborn childs? In the opening and shutting of heaven's gate, can you play the feminine part?
Can you love your people and govern your domain without self-importance?
Giving birth and nourishing; having, yet not taking credit; leading without controlling or dominating.
One who heeds this power brings the Tao to this very earth. This is the primal virtue.
This verse shares a powerful message to see ourselves in everyone we encounter. I spoke of this at yoga with my students the other night to explain that seeing ourselves in others, seeing and sharing acceptance and compassion does not mean that we condone a hurtful or harmful behavior or act, it simply means becoming an observer and witnessing all people, situations and things as part of the one. If you weren't you, but just an observer watching a situation unfold from a different angel or through the other persons eyes, what would you notice?
Be slow to judge because you NEVER know another persons story. You have no idea what they are fully experiencing inside of themselves. The only thing we all know for sure is that we come from the same unlimited source, call it energy, call it God, Buddah, Heaven or the Tao. Regardless of the name of the source, it is still the source. This source resides within us all. Look and you will see~