The Tao That Can Be Spoken

Expansion and contraction define each other,
self and non-self contain each other;
 
right and wrong create each other,
plus and minus require each other;
 
joy and sorrow alternate with each other,
pleasure and pain become each other;
 
war and peace yield to each other,
good and evil give meaning to each other;
 
motion and rest follow each other,
life and death astonish each other.
 
Life’s paradoxes are not contradictions —
resisting its flow is the source of affliction.
 
At the still-point where all oppositions
converge in a flash of recognition:
 
brightness in the dead of night,
darkness at the core of light –
 
there is a whole and both are parts,
the light and dark of our still secret hearts.
 
 
At the still-point where all oppositions
converge in a flash of recognition:
 
brightness in the dead of night,
darkness at the core of light –
 
there is a whole and both are parts,
the light and dark of our still secret hearts.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s