Why you should embrace the paradox of life

The paradox of life: Tao Te Ching verse 2 week 3 Saturday Morning Mastermind

Why is it important to embrace the paradox of life?

According to Wayne Dyer in Chapter 2 of Change your thoughts, change your life, he suggests that by embracing the paradox of life, you open yourself up to a more peaceful and happy existence.

He says the Tao is telling us we should strive to go through life realizing that people have a natural inclination to label everything as one way or another. And yet, those labels are only words placed on things based on the physical world & some humans’ perspective.

When we put aside the labels, we take away that standardized meaning about things and can see things as they simply are rather than how people think they ‘should’ be.

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Embracing the paradox of life frees you

When you embrace the paradox of life, you are able to “move freely, unencumbered with thoughts about where you should be and how you should be acting” You realize that the labels people give things are only that, labels. They don’t really mean anything. You can simply BE YOU, allow others to just be how they are, and go about life freely, joyfully, and without worry or judgement.

What do YOU think?

This is week 3 of our Saturday Morning Mastermind study of
Change your thoughts Change your life” by Wayne Dyer

Read Chapter 2 – Living the paradoxical unity

and tell us what you think verse 2 of the Tao Te Ching and Wayne Dyer are telling us…

Verse 2
Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty,
only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.

Being and nonbeing produce each other.
The difficult is born in the easy.
Long is defined by short, the high by the low.
Before and after go along with each other.

So the sage lives openly with apparent duality
and paradoxical unity.
The sage can act without effort and teach without words.
Nurturing things without possessing them,
he works, but not for rewards;
he competes, but not for results.

When the work is done, it is forgotten.
That is why it lasts forever.

Do you think we should embrace the paradox of life?

Join the Pre-Mastermind discussion…
(add your thoughts in the comment section at the end of this post)

Here’s some questions to get you started.

  • Do you think you would see anything as ugly or repulsive if no one had ever defined it as such?
  • If there was no judgement about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ behavior because we simply ‘are’, do you think you would feel upset or annoyed if someone drove in front of you without using a turn signal? or do you think all your annoyance comes from how you think they ‘should’ behave?
  • If a tree fell in front of you on the road, would you be upset with the tree? or do you not judge the tree because you don’t expect it to conform to specific behaviors?
  • Would you still do the work or activities that you do if there was no goal to be achieved or result made to happen?
  • How would your life change if you were only focused on the actions of your work or activities as you do them rather than an outcome you hope to gain?
  • What do you think is meant by ‘when the work is done it is forgotten, that is why it lasts forever’?

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