In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Thirty spokes are joined together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that allows the wheel to function.
We mold clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that makes the vessel useful.
We fashion wood for a house,
that makes it livable.
We work with the substantial,
but the emptiness is what we use. — Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we discussed Taoism and the concepts of simplicity, spontaneity, a realistic understanding of your world, being present, "going with the flow," being peaceful within ourselves, and having a peaceful influence on our world.
EXPLORE THE TOPICS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Lao Tzu (570-490 BCE), author of the Tao Te Ching, wrote:
If there would be peace in the world,
There must be peace among nations.
If there would be peace among nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there would be peace in the cities,
There must be peace among neighbors.
If there would be peace among neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there would be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
Read this quote to some of your family members and friends. Do they agree with it? Do you? If this quote is true, and there must be peace in individuals' hearts before there can be lasting peace among people, how is the individual's peace to be nourished? What small changes can we make to feel more peaceful in our lives?
Here are some activities you might try:
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Last updated on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
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