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Ancient Wisdom from the Tao Te Ching

If I don’t know what to do, I often grab my well-worn copy of the Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchell translation) and open it at random. Here are some thoughts for the new year:




“The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.

Their wisdom was unfathomable.

There is no way to describe it;

all we can describe is their appearance.


“They were careful

as someone crossing an iced-over stream.

Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.

Courteous as a guest.

Fluid as melting ice.

Shapable as a block of wood.

Receptive as a valley.

Clear as a glass of water.


“Do you have the patience to wait

till your mud settles and the water is clear?

Can you remain unmoving

till the right action arises by itself?


“The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.

Not seeking, not expecting,

she is present, and can welcome all things.”


  1. Cristina Echavarria says:

    Thanks Ivan, I also do love my copy of the Tao. Great reflections for the New Year, my friend! My sincerest best wishes for “Eye of the Moon” to be read widely in 2018!

  2. SILVIA says:

    Words of wisdom and truth. Thank you, Ivan.

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