Sunday, February 7, 2010
What is Tao?
Tao is like air.
Without it, we die;
little, by little.
When we do not breathe,
we dishonor Tao.
By dishonoring Tao,
we dishonor ourselves.
When we breathe,
Tao fills us with life.
When we breathe consciously,
we become conscious.
When we become conscious,
Tao breathes us.
What is Tao?
It cannot be defined by words.
As children, we are not aware of breathing a mixture of oxygen,
nitrogen and carbon dioxide, yet still we breathe it.
Only after we learn about respiration
do we become aware of what is going on.
We all make use of Tao - in our limited way - without knowing of it.
When we learn about what is actually going on,
we move into another realm of knowing.
Breathing is the Way To God.
Incorrect breathing is the way to death.
Knowing, or unknowing.
Breath is what makes the two different.
Correct breathing begins the process of perfect health,
which frees us from the pain of the world and opens us to knowing.
By not breathing correctly, we miss all meaning,
and end our days hardly having lived at all.
Becoming aware of our breathing,
we become aware that something is breathing us.
This something is Tao.
Awareness of this moves us from the realm of the physical
into the realm of the Spiritual.