At the YA retreat last month (check out last week's post to see photos), we discussed the real flexibility of this practice as a result of being able to choose our passages for meditation. We did a passage study on "The Best" by Lao Tzu which we noticed was perfect for meditators who might be looking for a passage without religious language.
We had already memorized "The Best", but this discussion inspired us to look through Lao Tzu's other passages that Easwaran recommended for meditation and we came across "Finding Unity" which we've chosen as this month's passage.
As with Lao Tzu's other passages, we love the imagery of the passage as well as the emphasis on personal transformation. We invite you to add this passage to your repertoire and memorize it this month.
We'd love to hear from you! Share with us in the comments below:
- Easwaran says "you become what you meditate on." What qualities do you think you might gain by meditating on this passage?
- Is there a line that speaks to you particularly in this passage?
Finding Unity – Lao Tzu
Those who know do not speak;
Those who speak do not know.
Stop up the openings,
Close down the doors,
Rub off the sharp edges.
Unravel all confusion.
Harmonize the light,
Give up contention:
This is called finding the unity of life.
When love and hatred cannot affect you,
Profit and loss cannot touch you,
Praise and blame cannot ruffle you,
You are honored by all the world.