“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” - Lao Tzu // I was at dinner with a friend last month when I brought up this quote. It prompted a discussion on Taoism, how we can rediscover that state of childlike wonder that we often leave behind in adulthood, and a recommendation (thank you @philbjones
!) to read this little book — and wow, did it pack a punch.
“Enjoyment of the process is the secret that erases the myths of the Great Reward and Saving Time.” - Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
This book provides an introduction to the Eastern belief system of Taoism and uses the characters from the Winnie-The-Pooh stories to illustrate its principles. Pooh personifies ‘wei wu wei,’ the Taoist concept of ‘effortless doing’ and lives out his days from a stance of calm, steady reflection that stands in sharp contrast to the other characters who fret, hesitate, calculate, and overthink to the detriment of themselves and others. It’s a funny, quick, and sharp read that will make you recognize your own limitations, question your own tendencies, and perhaps inspire you to rethink the ways you move through the world and how you might find greater peace within the daily demands of life.