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supple like a tree in the wind

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A good traveller has no fixed plans
and is not intent on arriving.

Supple like a tree in the wind,
she has no destination in view
and makes use of anything
life happens to bring her way.

Tao-te Ching by Lao Tzu. Translation by Stephen Mitchell. (1988), no. 27, 59. Lao Tzu (570-490 BCE) valued the feminine principle and Mitchell translates the sage’s voice alternatively as male and female. image:


3 responses »

  1. from a friend, anonymously: “made me realize there is being successful and there is being happy and i must find a way to let my life unfold somewhere in the middle of those two to find contentment.”

  2. Peter,
    the image of the tree, encourages me to reflect on the difference between suppliant and sycophant
    which in turn prompts me to reflect on reflecting to reflect and reflecting to find answers
    which brings me back to the journey as a goal and the goal as a goal.

    • dear Malcolm, round and round in a spiral formation, taking you deeper and deeper, beyond thoughts, into and beyond the body … kindly see tomorrow’s post which speaks to this. coincidence? peter


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