Natural Understanding

 Today we talk about natural understanding, and a youth-led conservation effort in Wales.

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 Show Notes

Daily Reading

Today's reading is from chapter 48 of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching the translation of Jonathan Star

 Thoughts

In this verse again, Lao Tzu points at the path of Taoism being very different from accumulating knowledge. From a Taoist's perspective, since we are natural beings we follow the same natural order as the rest of nature. We have an innate, natural understanding of the world and our place in it that we're often not aware of because our attention is so focused on other things.

What Lao Tzu is arguing here is that traditional learning can't help you be more attentive to your natural understanding. If anything, the more knowledge we obtain, the more potential things we have to confuse and distract ourselves with.

When we do reach that place of natural understanding though, everything gets a lot easier. Nothing is done, yet nothing is left undone.

Uplifting News

Twenty young people aged 12-17 in Wales are undertaking a 2,000 acre conservation project in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It's the largest youth-led restoration project of its kind in terms of geographic area.

 Quote of the Day

“A wisdom as constant as the North Star shines within all of us. It is always present. waiting to be tapped, waiting to guide us, to advise us. We need only use it to prevent its atrophy. No matter what our background, profession, color, or religion, employing this universal compass, this innate sense of what we know to be true, will help us establish a lifelong foundation - a place we go to recover our sanity and to regain our balance.”

― Nancy Cobb, In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living