-Lao-Tzu from Red Pine’s translation of the Tao Te Ching
I have been fortunate enough to meet and spend some time with Bill Porter who translates under Red Pine. He is an amazing individual with incredible depth, and similar to me a big Seattle Mariners fan as he lives nearby in Port Townsend, WA.
My favorite book bar none is the Tao Te Ching. Everytime I read it I find something new, layers of depth that all relate to my life. I have read and used many translations of the text and I am now in awe of Red Pine’s version as his research seems unparalleled.
My mind right now is on stillness which brought me to verse 45 in his text:
Perfectly complete it seems deficient
Yet it never wears out
Perfectly full it seems empty
Yet it never runs dry
Perfectly straight it seems crooked
Perfectly clever it seems clumsy
Perfectly abundant it seems impoverished
Active it overcomes cold
Still it overcomes heat
Those who know how to be perfectly still
Are able to govern the world
-TaoTeChing- Lao Tzu translation by Red Pine
Call to Action:
- Where are you NOT still in your life? Your breath? Your mind? Your patience? Stillness is peace, seek out all these areas where you are not still and find peace.