Join Lisa, Kimberly B., and your fellow TS yogis on Sunday, April 14th, for a discussion of the Tao Te Ching. Tao is translated as the “way.” In this meeting of our TSA book club, we will explore the “way” and discuss how the “way” relates to our yoga practice on and off the mat.
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
The gentlest thing in the world overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
That which has no substance enters where there is no space.
This shows the value of non-action.
Teaching without words, performing without actions:
That is the Master’s way.
(passages from the Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell)
Following on from a lively discussion of the Tao of Pooh in December, which just scratches the surface about what Taoism is and application of its principles in our lives, we will dig a little deeper into Taoism. While Buddhism and Confucianism are better known in the West, Taoism is considered a very important and relevant philosophy in the East. And it has had a deep impact on the cultural development of many Asian countries. This impact was evident on Kimberly’s recent travels to Vietnam where she notes that about a third of the temples she visited were Taoist. We look forward to digging deeper and exploring how we can apply this philosophy more in our lives on and off the mat.
TSA’s book club will be meeting at 7:30 PM in the Tea Lounge (at our Arlington studio) to enjoy tea, cookies, and lively conservation. All are welcome!
We hope to see you there!
Kimberly & Lisa