Taoism (also known as Daoism) is a Chinese philosophy attributed to Lao Tzu ( 500 BCE). It emphasizes doing what is natural and "going with the flow" in accordance with the Tao, a cosmic force which flows through all things and binds and releases them.
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Taoism is the acceptance of your life.
Taoism is following your breath to find peace.
Taoism is opening up a smile to enable possibility.
The Main Concepts
The One - the essence of Tao, the essential energy of life, the possession of which enables things and beings to be truly themselves and in accord with the Tao.
Wu and Yu - non-being and being, or not-having and having. Wu also implies inexhaustibility or limitlessness.
Te - an awareness of the Tao together with the capabilities that enable a person to follow the Tao.
Tzu Jan - 'that which is naturally so', meaning the condition that something will be in if it is permitted to exist and develop naturally and without interference or conflict.
Wu Wei - The method of following the Tao is called Wu Wei. This can be translated as uncontrived action or natural non-intervention. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
Yin Yang - Circle composed of a black side and an equal white side flowing into each other Yin Yang symbol. Yin Yang is the principle of natural and complementary forces, patterns and things that depend on one another and do not make sense on their own. Masculine and feminine, darkness and light. These are opposites that fit together seamlessly and work in perfect harmony.
The Taoist body - Taoists view the body as a miniature of the universe, filled with the Tao.
Ch'i - Ch'i or qi is the cosmic vital energy that enables beings to survive and links them to the universe as a whole.
Immortality - Immortality doesn't mean living forever. The idea is that as the Taoist draws closer and closer to nature throughout their life, death is just the final step in achieving complete unity with the universe
The ring of Tao (two versions)
The ring of Tao contains the Hebrew engraving of the sentence – “The road is wiser than the one who walks in its path”. In the middle of the ring appears the symbol of the Tao.
Wear this ring to connect with the Tao way and remind you of its concepts.
Opposite powers constitute a point of relationship and they complete and balance each other. Every power grows from the other, for example, light and dark or male and female.
A wonderful symbol and a constant reminder for living a truly balanced and harmonious life.
On one side of the ring appears the phrase "The farther one travels the less one knows" (written in Hebrew). This phrase was taken from the book of the "Tao te ching" written by the famous ancient Chinese truth seeker Lau Tsu. The ring is meant to remind the truth seeker of the illusions and the deceptions of the outside world: "At the end of your journey you will discover that you have never moved at all..."
On the ring appears the motif of two fish which represent the Yin and Yang and the effortless flow of the Taoist way of life. Around the ring is a sentence from the book of Tao: “Knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom.” The ring connects you with the concept of effortless flow which leads to true bliss.
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