T A O

Just observe . . .

the spiritual laws of Tao

"You don't need success or failure, an opinion, or position, to be you.  You've arrived ! You are already at, and have always been, at the present moment. It is your attitude that conditions and forms what you want, and how things turn out. With acceptance or trust, and a little optimism, you will be given a glimpse of what is, and what might be. When you let the world go, you'll find what you're looking for. Even the clouds have mystery and movement, and change each day."

  TAKEN FROM THE HEXAGRAM " ACCEPT " IN THE TAO I CHING.
  THIS IS ONE OF A SERIES OF EIGHT CARDS CONTAINING THE EIGHT SPIRITUAL LAWS OF TAO.

The other day I arranged to meet a friend at "Meadowhall" ~ affectionally called "Meadowhell". Close to Sheffield, this is one of the Norths' finest shopping malls (and, from what I've seen, one of the best in the country) ~ a huge space with lots of shops, restaurants, cinema, and cafes, marbled walkways, and free parking. My friend, however, declined to meet there, as this symbolised for them all the worst aspects of fashion shopping and consumerism.

Whatever world we live in, whether it be Hell on Earth, or Heaven on Earth, our job is to inhabit this space and just observe. What others see in it, and do in it, is up to them. We have the variety, colour, movement and light, and always a quiet corner if we wish. The world, even without all the emotion and conflict, is an interesting place, full of wonder ~ and we should never refuse an invitation to be in it.
After my years in beautiful isolation in rural Wales, the prospect of so many shops and a lot people was an experience not to be missed, even though I didn't have the money to spend, or indeed, any wish to spend the rest of my life in such a place. We are is so closely bound to where, and who, we are ~ but there is an alternative when you let the world go. When you let (your involvement, and reaction to) the world go, you'll see the world as it is.