Abiding in Being: Foundational to Resilience

Abiding in Being: Foundational to Resilience

One full month into retirement-Renaissance, now deep into long-postponed de-cluttering [see The Original Map of Resilience], pouring through ten binders of poems collected over 20 years of gatherings of my Gourmet Poets Society, coming upon this ancient wisdom from Lao Tzu (which I did include in my book Bouncing Back) which evokes the deepest wisdom of transitioning from so much doing into more gentle living into the miraculous spaciousness of being. May you recognize such spaciousness in your own busy days. 

We join spokes together in a wheel,

but it is the center hole

that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,

but it is the emptiness inside

that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,

but it is the inner space

that makes it livable.

We work with being,

but non-being is what we use.

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,

Trans. Stephen Mitchell

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