Wu-Wei | The Art of Letting Things Happen

Once upon a time, a novice farmer indulged himself in motivational videos. He became familiar with ideas like the importance of ‘effort,’ the ‘hustle culture,’ and ‘work hard, play hard.’ After binge-watching for days, he walked onto his farm, fired up, and determined to make it a great success.  He started pulling one of the […]

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Taoism for Heartbreak

The philosophy of Taoism revolves around letting go, accepting, yielding, and going with the flow. All Taoist sages seem to agree that it’s better to be detached and indifferent, allow change to happen, and move along with life’s constant transformations than to resist change and cling to what’s already in the past. When we are […]

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Let It Go, Ride the Wind

The ancient Taoist text Zhuangzi describes Lieh Tzu as the sage who rode the wind with an admirable indifference to external things, and thus, in his lightness he was free from all desires to pursue the things that supposedly make us happy. Lieh Yokuo, also known as Lieh Tzu or Master Lie, is attributed as […]

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The Art of Doing Without Doing

Have you ever reflected on the word ‘doing’? ‘Doing’ points to performance, achievement, effort. It also implies that there’s a ‘doer’ who engages in ‘doing something’, and that there’s a passive element or ‘the thing that’s being done’. But does it work that way? Is there a separation between the thing that ‘does’ and the […]

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5 Life Lessons From Lao Tzu

Can you celebrate life and not cling to it? Can you give up control and still get things done? Can you achieve your goals without forcing? These are all themes we find in the ancient Taoist key work called the Tao Te Ching, which was written by a mysterious sage named Lao Tzu. Not much […]

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Be Like Water

Water is the softest and most yielding substance. Yet nothing is better than water, for overcoming the hard and rigid, because nothing can compete with it. Lao Tzu Many people are hijacked by the rigidity of their minds. Thinking in categories and fixed ideas can be a great crutch for survival, as it creates clarity […]

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Win Without Trying 📽️

Competitions can be nerve-wracking. The more we live up to the day on which we are supposed to shine, the more anxiety builds up. What if I perform badly? What if something goes wrong? An Olympic swimmer trains thousands of hours, just to get that medal. A musician practices for days on end, just to […]

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The Fasting of the Heart 📽️

You hear not with the ears, but with the mind; not with the mind, but with your soul. Confucius In psychology, as well as popular culture, we see the emerging of different types of detox. The dopamine detox, for example, also called the ‘dopamine fast’ is currently presented as a way to “reset” our brain’s […]

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The Art of Not Trying 📽️

Those who stand on tiptoes do not stand firmly.Those who rush ahead don’t get very far.Those who try to outshine others dim their own light. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, 24 How can we improve when we stop trying to improve? Many people waste their efforts trying to better their lives with questionable results. They […]

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Taoist Wisdom For Inner Peace 📽️

Taoism is an ancient Chinese mystical, philosophical, and religious tradition that emphasizes living in agreement with the Tao. The main work in Taoism is the Tao Te Ching created by a mysterious author called Lao Tzu, which contains profound wisdom and insights. But there are more ancient works that define Taoism like Zhuangzi and Liezi.  […]

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