Why you should be living an unhurried life

An Unhurried life: Tao Te Ching verse 15 week 17 Saturday Morning Mastermind

Is it possible to live an unhurried life?

Do you ever feel like your life is on a NASCAR speedway…Flying by you with looming catastrophe around every corner? You are not alone. With today’s fast paced, immediate gratification culture most people feel living an unhurried life is impossible.

So much is missed and gratitude dismissed in a hurried life. This post will discuss the 15th verse of the Tao, which offers the wisdom of living in touch with nature’s guidance.

“He who keeps the Tao does not want to be full. But precisely because he is never full, he can remain like a hidden sprout and does not rush to early ripening.”

In short, the message revealed in this verse is both simple and profound. Simply put, slow down and allow nature to guide you into living an unhurried life. Lao-tzu paints an amazing picture to drive home the point.

As he shared, imagine for a moment that you are in a beautiful scene of fresh white snow. As you walk across a frozen pond, you slow your breathing along with each step so that you can hear a potential crack in the ice. Can you see it? You are literally relying on nature to guide each step. That’s the way verse 15 suggests you should navigate each day of your life.

The way to an unhurried life comes from within

Have you ever tried to make a decision when you were overwhelmed? You probably found that you got more frustrated and overwhelmed as you gain more information right? You probably even found yourself lashing out or breaking down in a fit…Sound familiar?

The good news is that you already have the seeds you need inside (checkout the short video).

Like a plant in a garden, you just have to nurture the seeds. When you still yourself and submit to nature, you are able to really consider the answers that exist in your environment.

Indeed, you are able to hear that God voice within when you stop trying to control things with your limited knowledge and understanding of what’s going on.


Where do you start? by Christina Ervin


Doubt that outlook? Think back to the last time you were running late and couldn’t find your car keys. You were probably in a frenzy until you calmed down and decided to retrace your steps from the last time you had the keys in your hand. The keys appeared almost like magic didn’t they?

It’s natural to live an unhurried life

Proof, you are more in tuned when you aren’t using precious bandwidth on several other things…When you trust nature will guide you in the direction you are meant to go.

Pay close attention to that last line…Nature will guide you “where you are meant to go.” It’s divine order which is why your false control only adds to life chaos.

Living an Unhurried life Summary

You don’t have to live in an ashram or hug trees to get in tuned with nature. Being in tuned with nature and being still is a simple way of saying manage your energy and slow down enough to notice the answers and guidance around you.

4 tips to help you begin living an unhurried life:

  1. Understand that you aren’t in ultimate control as much as you dream you are
  2. Be patient with your journey
  3. Commit to spending time daily to get quiet and connect with nature (your innernost thoughts and environment)
  4. Express gratitude

We encourage you to join our Saturday morning hangout to discuss more on that concept. 

This is week 17 of our Saturday Morning Mastermind study of “Change your thoughts Change your life” by Wayne Dyer

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Read Chapter 15 – Living an unhurried life

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  • Love this guy! So right! <3 https://youtu.be/VaRO5-V1uK0

  • Thank you Karen!

  • Karen Lohof

    I’m feeling blown back by Katherine’s comment in this series of comments that people can lose decades of their lives being caught up in the frenzy. There’s so much balance required. And meshing. All the things we’re learning. And staying conscious. And, and, — what a blessing to be exposed to these verses.

    • Yeah, I never realized how much I have lost by the frenzy of life and how much I’ve lost. and Samantha husband fining the right truck.

    • Thank you Honey, I know I feel like I did when I was in Nursing School, working, raising kids etc I look back and it’s all a blur

  • Karen Lohof

    That was so fun watching Katherine clapping about finding the right truck on the road. I love this being able to see all of you share!

  • Good Morning Everyone!! 🙂

  • loved the post Christina, and loved Katherine’s comment about camping we you do that a lot as kids during the some for extended periods of time. Very slowed down and I miss that time to slow down and regroup.

  • Hello!

  • Morning! Looking forward to a great discussion today!

  • Great job Christina! People can lose decades of their life just being caught up in the frenzy. Nature has an amazing way of slowing things down. We did a lot of camping when the kids were little and or lived in the country or mountains. Slowed things down a little. I loved “Simple as uncarved wood” That is how I would describe these verses…simple, plain, maybe even boring to some, yet to the right eye, beauty beyond measure reveals itself <3

    • Donna Allen

      For real Katherine, “Simple” for most is boring yet that is where the treasure of life really is for most of us! We see it at some point! Sadly some don’t it’s rush rush for what?

  • Donna Allen

    Wonderful Post Christina! In reading this verse, the part where Dr. Wayne speaks about the muddy water! I found in my own personal life that sometimes I would get staɡnant. I realized that I had no clear path that I could see. Not so along I went for a walk beside our local lake.

    That very moment as I stood there and watched a part of the lake was muddy! It’s as though the breakthrough came at that moment. I walked away with a clear mind and knew what I needed to do! “It worked” The moral of this little story! Do not wait for others to give you advice or answers they are found most time in nature!