last week i was freaking out and in the middle of the useless internal monologue i suddenly thought, "why am I tripping out over this? I have to stick to the middle path. I lost my center. i've forgotten the tao!"
i was getting ready for yoga class and grabbed my pocket edition of the tao te ching on the way out the door. once i was parked at the studio i sat in my car and read as much as i could before class. if you haven't read it, you should. it's the most comforting book and always soothes me.
hearing the words in your head sounds like the best hug ever feels.
from verse 78 of the Tao Te Ching, stephen mitchell translation:
Nothing in the world
is as soft and yielding as water.
Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible,
nothing can surpass it.
The soft overcomes the hard;
the gentle overcomes the rigid.
Everyone knows this is true,
but few can put it into practice.