All must go

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“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”
Tao Te Ching



“All of us are Eagles that have forgotten how to fly. 

The teachings remind us what we are and what we can do.

They help us notice that we are still in the nest with heavy clothing, too much food, excrement and stale air.

Since we were very young, we have had a longing to see the mountains in the distance, and experience the vast sky and the big ocean, but somehow we got trapped in our nest.

We are like Eagles who are dressed in heavy clothes, socks and shoes.  We are holding onto our iPhones, iPads, gadgets and belongings and we are wearing dark glasses, unable to see the answer to our freedom.

It finally occurs to us; in order to experience this vast sky, we must shed these layers and leave the nest.

We start with our coat and we feel the cold, but we know we must do it.  We teeter on the edge of the nest, naked, filled with fear and uncertainty, but we know we must do it.

We remember, everything must go, if we are to fly.

And we remember how to fly.”

My writing is inspired by Pema Chodron

24 thoughts on “All must go

  1. Love this one, as usual:). No surprise. And I like Pema’s writing. But am wondering–have you read anything that translates the Tao Te Ching well? Explains it in language we can chew on? I’m thinking if anyone has, you have . . . am looking for recs.

    1. Thanks Kristine and I have heard the one written by Stephen Mitchell on the Tao Te Ching is good but I haven’t read it yet. It’s a gift to absorb all this wisdom. Happy reading 💕💚

  2. Excellent and words of wisdom and profound inspiration, Karen and yes I totally agree with Prema. We need to fly without all these burdens and fly and fly to eternity where our Soul is free from all the chains that we have binded ourselves with.

  3. It’s that moment on the edge of the nest that takes your breath away, but I am learning that the rewards are worth the risk. Thanks for the continued encouragement, Karen! Xox

  4. a beautiful pairing, many a worthwhile thought too – I shall ponder this more (ie I copy the text and print it out for later perusal)

  5. Very good post, Karen. Meaningful as usual!
    A ship in a storm must be trimmed to stay seaworthy. If not, it will likely sink. So, too, is it with us when we go through trials. Drop the excess baggage to move toward a greater good.

    1. Yes that’s it. It seems impossible at first, but once we know how to fly again, we wonder why we waited so long ha! Thank you Alan, nice to hear from you 🙏🏻💕

  6. Hi Karen- I second the Stephen Mitchell translation which found me when I was 15 and still is one of my favorite Tao Te Ching translations. Though I prefer to read more translations and different “flavors” over time. There’s an Ursula K. Le Guin version a friend of mine mentioned a couple of years ago, and I’m still meaning to get to it.

    Always appreciate your posts and enjoy catching up !

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