The Master gives herself up
to whatever the moment brings.
She knows that she is going to die,
and she has nothing left to hold on to:
no illusion in her mind,
no resistances in her body.
She doesn’t think about her actions;
they flow from the core of her being.
She holds nothing back from life;
therefore she is ready for death,
as someone is ready for sleep
after a good day’s work.
source: with minor changes from: Mitchell, S. (1988) (trans.). Tao te ching. San Francisco: Harper, no.50. This text captures the essence of Taoism. Authorship is unclear; the date is anywhere from the 6th to the 3rd century BC.