Tuesday, May 01, 2012

tuesday's teachings

compassion, patience, and simplicity:

"there are only three qualities 
you must teach your children.
compassion, patience, and simplicity.
some would say this is absurd.
they would teach instead,
ambition, drive, and consumption,
and say it is the way of success. 

but if they learn patience,
they see the world as it truly is.
if they learn simplicity,
they see themselves as they truly are.
and if they learn compassion, 
they heal themselves
and the world. 

following the tao as a parent
will often seem opposed 
to the conventional parenting wisdom.
the confusion lies in ourselves as parents.
we don't know what we truly want,
or who we truly are.
compassion, patience, and simplicity 
cannot be taught
until they are experienced. 
and when we experience them,
we lose the need to teach them.
we live them instead.
and then our children learn."

previous tuesday's teachings here

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