Climbing the Mountain

Mountains are often connected with great sages. The place that one must ascend to ask their wisdom. I first came to the understanding that the mountain was the challenge that one must overcome to seek wisdom. Then, I came to realize that the sage was the first to struggle to reach the top of that mountain.

Recently I began to question this connection deeper. As you move closer to Tao, you begin seeing the deeper connections of the world and become part of the greater whole. I assumed this meant that ascending the mountain was to become more in touch with nature, away from the distractions of society. Therefore, the one to climb the mountain for wisdom will see that all their struggles amongst people are for naught as all that is perfect is provided by nature.

I came to a new possibility as well. Maybe... just maybe. The sage was tired of how blind the people were to their actions, how deaf they were to wisdom, and how vocal they were about their so called entitlement; so he left to somewhere peaceful. And the one that climbed that mountain... proves that not the entire world is worth turning away from.


Managing Inaction

As my life has moved me forward, my path has felt divergent from the path of Tao. Success, money, stress, and frustration. Trying to move closer to Tao, I would waver from my success and not know what to prioritize.

For the sake of my family and my future, I chose work. I worked myself to stress and frustration, then I realized... I climbed the mountain. This was not divergent from the path of Tao, but a challenge along my path. Walking the path of Taoism is never an easy one, it just makes life feel easier.

I thought that my path and beliefs had made life easy and never understood the Taoist saying that living Tao is hard. Now I know deeply what that means. All things flow in cycles and I have given in to this cycle of pain. The cycle comes to an end as I have learned all the basics well enough to have forgotten them.

This new cycle begins as I flow forth in a new direction.

As I leave off for a while on a new project, mayhap I will post new meditations here. I will leave you off with something important that made my struggles with the writings here make sense.

"You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say." ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald