Our Sunday meditation practice is inspired by Lao Tzu. Take a few minutes to read and absorb the message below. Imagine how you could apply a piece of the message to your life, work, family, or athletic pursuits.
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench.
Care about other people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.
Basic Meditation Practice
Focus your attention on your natural breath pattern, bringing your eyes to a soft gaze or closing your eyes. Try let incoming the thoughts flow in and then quickly flow out with the breath. Thinking about the wisdom of the message of Lao Tzu listen within and let your mind flow without judgment. As you go in deeper, continue to focus on your breath pattern as you begin to be more aware of the quality of your thoughts and your mental shifts. Stay with this meditation for 5-15 minutes.