I just discovered this website after being intrigued by this one. I have been kicking around the idea of changing the themes of my weekly topics and after reading this, it inspired me to change all of my topics to accommodate a new one- Tao Tuesdays. I’m not sure if I will write on the Tuesday prompt only or if I will include the Tao of the entire week on the following Tuesday. I’ll have to think about it. I like that it gives me something to write about and there is thought and reflection involved in the writing prompt.
If you aren’t familiar with what a Tao is, (don’t be embarrassed, I had to refresh my memory) according to Wikipedia it is a Chinese concept signifying “way”, “path”, “route” or sometimes more loosely, “doctrine” or “principle”.
I grew up as a Protestant, Evangelical Christian. This was not by choice, obviously as a child, I went wherever my parents took me and believed what they taught me. Over the years, I’ve distanced myself from identifying with a particular religion and have focused more on the concepts, message and teachings across many religions. I find similarities between different religions intriguing and try to focus more on the teachings and the message they convey. I finally accepted Buddhism for many reasons, the main reason being that I don’t actually consider it a religion. I consider it more of a philosophy, a mentality, a code of conduct. I believe in the message and it does not conflict any religion I can think of. It does not impose a god or deity that would cause confliction with your current god or deity. I don’t believe you have to convert to accept its teachings. You don’t have to go to a specific place to practice it.
While I am still discovering and understanding more about Buddhism, I can appreciate it. I often refer to it when I need guidance, inner peace, or to give advice to my daughter. I meditate often (more often than not while I’m walking) although I need to make more of an effort to practice mindfulness as it is truly intended. I like having it as an instruction manual to refer to when making tough choices and teaching my daughter how to make her own choices.
So while I don’t practice Taoism, that doesn’t mean that I can’t be open to its message. Take a look through my Daily Tao posts to read them for yourself, ponder the message and reflect on your own thoughts. Namaste.
Update- February 7, 2016: I haven’t gotten permission from the host at the website I originally wanted to use as a prompt for posts. I have found another website that allows content to be used for non-commercial purposes so I will do my weekly post on the Tao that speaks to me when I go to write that day. This is the new website I will use to search for the Tao translations.