Lao Tzu on presence and awareness

‘Do you think that you can clear your mind by sitting constantly in silent meditation? This makes your mind narrow, not clear. Integral awareness is fluid and adaptable, present in all places and at all times. That is true meditation… . The Tao is clear and simple, and it doesn’t avoid the world.’

Lao Tzu

Reminds us of the saying (not sure where it originates): ‘Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.’

Therapeutic work can be seen as movement into increasing presence – with whatever shows up, within our inner landscapes and within our lives. This movement begins to become possible once we feel safe enough to encounter the wounds of fear, shame, grief etc, that impel us to seek distraction, numbness and absence.

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

Counselling in Exeter since 1994

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