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Daily Meditation: Real Wisdom

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features a passage from the Tao Te Ching. Like many parables from Taoist wisdom, it is often through paradox and contradiction that the greatest lessons are revealed. This passage is no exception.

Chapter 7 from the Tao Te Ching

Heaven is eternal, the Earth everlasting.

How come they to be so? It is because they do not foster their own lives;

That is why they live so long.

Therefore the Sage

Puts himself in the background; but is always to the fore.

Remains outside; but is always there.

Is it not just because he does not strive for any personal end

That all his personal ends are fulfilled?

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