The Tao gives birth to One.
One gives birth to Two.
Two gives birth to Three.
Three gives birth to all things.
Simplicity, Patience, and Compassion: The Three Treasures
According to Eastern tradition, there are three treasures on the pathway to enlightenment: simplicity, patience, and compassion. At first glance, such simple ideas. After contemplation one easily recognizes: it's these basic thoughts when woven into our day, that can lead each of us to a more contemplative, peaceful, and fulfilling life. Today, I invite you to take a look at these three treasures as they interweave together. Later we will look at each from a closer angle.
The first treasure: Simplicity. Simplicity in thought and action. According to author Thomas Cleary in his translation of Taoist Meditation, simplicity leads the seeker on the Way - in my opinion, it's the way to wellness. The simplicity of thought, he tells us, can often be brought about by silence. And in the silence, we gain personal wisdom. If finding 10 or 20 minutes each day to rest quietly or meditate could bring you closer to peace, would you be more conscientious in devoting this time?
The simplicity of action, however, feels a more significant challenge. It involves priorities and discovering what is truly important. Here's how I handle this: When I feel overwhelmed by my "to-do" list, I create a game by challenging myself to let go of everything I can do without. Then, I remove as many things as I can from my list. What I am left with are those items of greatest importance. I devote as much time necessary to complete each task with joy and precision.
Try this now. What can you remove from the task list today that could bring you closer to simplifying your life? Where will you place your attention?
Treasure number two: Patience. And just like simplicity, it is also a challenge to move slowly through tasks until they have are complete or to remain calm when dealing with someone outrageous. I've found that we are often mirroring images of others and attract to us parts of ourselves. This idea is important to note as it could manifest favorable or adverse events, depending on mindset. In this light, Iyanla Vanzant reminds us to keep thoughts pure. She tells us to remain ourselves: "I will gain more understanding when I realize...how I interpret what comes at me is a reflection of what is in me." When faced with a situation requiring patience ask yourself: Am I casting a positive image?
In this framework, more of my favorite wisdom comes from author Richard Carlson in his book: Easier Than You Think. In it, he explains when we are with someone, we should make every effort to pay expert attention to that person. Your attention engages them and often can diffuse a stressful situation by just making them feel important. With this in mind, the next time you engage in conversation or even a casual chat with someone: ask yourself if you are creating a role model's image.
Compassion, the third treasure. I often liken it to empathy. Although we cannot always know what it is like to be another, we can value everyone's need to be heard. Conflict or anger is often a cry for help. We merely need to be aware of our circumstances to create compassion in our lives. We will be called to help others as we become more enlightened vessels of peace. Events will come to us as a reflection of what we need to heal in ourselves.
Thomas Cleary reminds us we should always act in sincerity. In Taoist Meditation he writes: "To choose what is good and hold onto it firmly is a matter of sincerity." Compassion, as well, challenges us to define what is most important to us; this is a reoccurring theme throughout the three treasures. To me, this involves being awake and aware in our lives to see how we are available to give sincerity and service.
Today, be aware of the ways spirit is working through you. Remember: You are the vessel of peace for others and the world. I believe, the more we become vulnerable to trust and open ourselves to sincerity, the more we can allow compassionate behavior into our lives and become enlightened every day.
It is my wish these definite ideas enhance your life and bring you peace. Be conscious every day of the messages you are receiving, the people you are meeting, what you are experiencing. It is incredible the way these simple ideas can enrich your life exponentially. Go forth then, and be aware. Place your attention on the three treasures in the darkness they will bring you light.
If you missed it, be sure to read the first post in this series: Why Follow the Tao? Simple: It Promises Health, Wellness, and Abundance.
Today I am a vessel of love, peace, and harmony
I blend these treasures into each task I accomplish
each person I touch, each word I write.
The world tomorrow becomes what I believe today
Thus, I strive for love, peace, and harmony
knowing I am at one with all and embrace each day
as my canvas to create.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura M. Turner, journalist, author and Certified Natural Health Practitioner is the creator of the Body Talk eZine: Nature's Anti-Aging Treasures Website. She invites you to join her "10 Years Younger" Campaign and to learn more about living younger, healing yourself and those you love with quality retail or wholesale Young Living essential oils and essential oil-based products. Visit today and begin a healthier tomorrow.