July 16, 2012

In The Moment Monday

I am not sure about A.A. Milne, but Winnie the Pooh is definitely one mellow dude. His hand may frequently get caught in the honey jar, but this is one wise little bear. So wise, in fact, that his ways were used to highlight Taoist principles in The Tao of Pooh, a delightful little book of the kind that makes you a better person.

Lao Tzu founded Taoism in 640 BCE, long before Pooh came around. The teachings of 'The Path' are consistent with sustainable living, and highlight the importance of living in harmony with reality, and the essence of the natural world.

The Path is also about living in harmony with yourself, as pointed out by the Tao of Pooh author, Benjamin Hoff:
“One of the basic principles of Taoism is the Uncarved Block. The essence of the Uncarved Block is that things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power, power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed. 
Which brings us to Pooh, the very Epitome of the Uncarved Block. When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun."
Being simple, like Pooh, allows us to live in the moment, make today our favourite day, and have fun.

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