Hi poopies. Hope you’re having a good Friday afternoon. It’s hard to believe the week is winding down already. And as it does, please take a few moments to really focus on today’s Momtra. Let the Tao’s teachings guide you peacefully into your weekend:
Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
All I can add to this, my beautiful poops, is to see if you can allow yourself little bit more effortlessness over the next few days. What do I mean by this? Try to give yourself over to the universe and all its intelligence for awhile. Begin by surrendering, even just a little bit, to the notion that the purest and most effective form of action is actually non-action. Stephen Mitchell, author of my favorite translation of the Tao Te Ching, describes this happening when “the game plays the game; the poem writes the poem; when we can’t tell the dancer from the dance.” Confusing? I promise it’s not. It’s actually the simplest way to live. By not forcing things, you begin to emphasize the softness in life. And that softness actually grows to be powerful and harmonious, allowing you to let go of rigidity and be more compassionate. Mitchell states, “the more compassionate we can be, the more present our love becomes; the clearer our insight into what is beyond good and evil, the more we can embody the good.”
Heady stuff? Not really! Simple, simple, simple. Relinquish a bit of control this weeknd. Practice a little more non-action, a little more passivity and I guarantee you will enter next week with a deeper sense of harmony, moral intelligence and inner freedom. Til then, poops here wishes you all well.