This post is a part of A-Z Challenge for bloggers, that takes place every year in the month of April. Bloggers take part in this challenge for self-improvement and to overcome the “writer’s block”. Each one of us writes one article every day, starting from the alphabet ‘A’, right up to ‘Z’. My theme for this year’s challenge is – “Life Philosophies round the World”.
What is Taoism?
Taoism or Daoism is a philosophy originating from ancient China and is still practised in most parts of Asia. Tao means “the way”, “the path” or “the road”. The philosophy focuses on universal, holistic, and peaceful principles such of living in harmony with the nature and following the natural order.
A Taoist’s secret to life is to relax and float, allowing life to naturally unfold, rather than living by force or struggle in order to control and manipulate the reality. They believe this brings them back into alignment with the natural flow of the cosmos.
The Tao philosophy encourages us to let go of strict ordering and intense planning to live with spontaneous changes in order to discover ourselves. Resisting the natural flow of life only creates sorrow.
Example of Tao Philosophy
One of the best examples to understand this philosophy is that of muddy water. How can we get clear water from muddy water? By stirring it up, trying to remove all dirt particles? Or allowing it to simply settle? The natural process of letting the dirt to settle is the easiest way to get clear water, but of course it requires patience. The ancient sages came to realize that human mind works on the same principle! We can extract grater joy, harmony and peace by allowing life to take its natural course while being mindful of it, rather than fighting all the situations and trying to grasp and control life with our minds.
Taoism intern teaches us the power of gentleness. By forcing, fighting and striving, we might get the job done some way or the other, but we also end up spending much more energy than necessary and damage our peace.
Whereas, if we are in a state of flow, we’d approach a task intelligently, knowing when to act, finding a balance between action and non-action. The concept of “non-action” seems to be against today’s way of living of forcing and working harder to get results. We are encouraged to be ambitious and to take control of everything around us, generating more stressful, depressed and underconfident generations.
When we stop trying to take everything under control, and are in a state of flow, we forget about the past failures and stop worrying about the future results and all we focus on is the task at hand. Intern focusing and living in the present instead of worrying about the past and the future.
You may read about other such mind and soul evoking philosophies here.
This post is part of #BlogchatterAtoZ challenge 2021.