Chapter one of the Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tzu reads,
"The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name..."
The interpretation according to Derek Lin reads like so,
"The Tao that can be completely expressed in words is not the constant, eternally changing and true Tao... Names did not exist prior to Creation. The nameless Tao is therefore the source of the universe."
As I sit at the small table at the top of the hill I cannot help but wonder if that's why it feels almost impossible to find the right words. What exactly is the Tao? The original source from which all things stem from, the center, the universal vibration, I imagine everything and also nothing. My thoughts feel scattered while I begin to think on the differences between Prana and Qi. The only thing that came to mind was the idea that they were the same philosophies that were just given different names. If you truly believe in God, do you attempt to name it?
A gecko began to chirp and I realized I was listening to my thoughts. I began to chant a single Om to help wipe my mind of other distractions. The vibrations quickly helped release more and more tension simultaneously throughout my mind and body.
As I deepened my breath I felt the abundance of life around me. From directly ahead a group of cows communicated while grazing. To my left a family of monkeys howled. Birds sang so closely behind me I almost felt as if they were on my shoulders. I realized how closely I was with so many different species. The trees danced in the wind and I knew we were all coexisting.
The idea of Taoism is to try to become one with the Tao. To live in harmony with the Tao, the way, the path, the driving force behind all that exists. To go with the flow. My best teacher has always been nature. I focus on my Dan Tien and feel one with the surrounding life. I breath the same breathe as everything and truly believe I understand what it feels like to be connected.
I bow my head slightly deeper, expressing gratitude for my surroundings. Costa Rica Yoga Spa has provided me with an incredible atmosphere, and truly immersed me into a place where self reflection comes so easily. My thoughts drift away slowly and with ease.