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Guide to Modern Tao: 7 Ways to Be Happy Just the Way You Are!

Guide to Modern Tao 7 Ways to Be Happy Just the Way You Are
Tao means "the way or path." But just what does this mean? What way or whose path might we follow?

Lao Tzu, the creator of Taoism, taught the concept of wu-wei, or "no thing." But wu-wei doesn't literally mean to do nothing. In modern terms it means to find happiness and spiritual fulfillment simply by following your own path; going with the flow of your own life instead of striving to imitate others.

He sounds like a pretty mellow guy this Lao Tzu. But can his practice be applied to your busy, high-tech modern life?

Yes it can! Even though the world is a whole lot more complicated today, the fundamental puzzles of life remain the same. These seven tips will show you how to take life a little more slowly and a lot less seriously!

  1. You don't have to have the answers now. Like a good mystery novel, sometimes it's more fun to find out the reason for things later in the story. Practice being in the feeling of Tao with your body rather than analyzing its definition with your mind. To discover your purpose in life, go out and live it.Then you will see.
  2. You've been accepted! You qualify to begin on your true path right now. No entrance exams, credit checks or trick questions required. The path of understanding Taoism is simply accepting yourself—from the exact point you are, right now.
  3. Stop making sense. Just as your nature is a ever-changing and is always the same, so is everyone else's. Don’t try to resolve the various contradictions in life. Learn to accept them as tools for your transformation instead.
  4. Give your energy a way to change. Discover an energy practice that supports your essence and fits your needs of the moment. Maybe you'd like to sign up for a meditation course. Or contemplate your nature with poetry or calligraphy. Any of these can support your essence and help your learn more about yourself and the world.
  5. Go with your gut to stay in the flow. Taoism is based upon following your gut feelings and trusting your instincts. Whenever self-doubt keeps your from going with the flow, learn to sharpen your intuition instead.
  6. Be perfectly imperfect. If you got distracted during meditation, or you went against your better judgement in a situation, remember—the beauty of Tao is that every moment is perfect. You can pick up the thread of any perfect moment and start again.
  7. Take a course in Tao with Grand Master ManWol's lecture series Living Tao. Her course provides compassionate wisdom about living an enlightened life on a daily basis.
These tips may sound simplistic, but the Tao is simple. If you trust your instincts and trust in the flow of life, anything becomes possible. For all possibilities are already manifest. Tao shows you how to recognize that you are already complete, just the way you are.

Written by Kim Alyce Steffgen
With a background in journalism and marketing communications, Kim's wordsmithing reflects a love of language that brings spice to many ads, articles, banners, and videos. To that spice she adds her passion for herbs, plants and alternative health.
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