Time for some non-action....

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As we approach the end of the year, I've decided to take a little holiday vacay. During this time I'm 100% sure I'll spend some time on my business rebrand. I have a few websites I'm tying up and other than that, I'll be traveling to visit our family and spend a nice calm quiet Christmas with them.

LOTS of new services coming up, as well as some sad goodbyes to others. I may pepper in a sweet little vintage etsy shop, a custom WordPress template shop and more! You never know what will pop up....

I leave you with a gorgeous poem. Have a great holiday season!

 

Action and Non-Action

BY CHUANG TZU

TRANSLATED BY THOMAS JAMES MERTON

The non-action of the wise man is not inaction.
It is not studied. It is not shaken by anything.
The sage is quiet because he is not moved,
Not because he wills to be quiet.
Still water is like glass.
You can look in it and see the bristles on your chin.
It is a perfect level;
A carpenter could use it.
If water is so clear, so level,
How much more the spirit of man?
The heart of the wise man is tranquil.
It is the mirror of heaven and earth
The glass of everything.
Emptiness, stillness, tranquillity, tastelessness,
Silence, non-action: this is the level of heaven and earth.
This is perfect Tao. Wise men find here
Their resting place.
Resting, they are empty.
From emptiness comes the unconditioned.
From this, the conditioned, the individual things.
So from the sage’s emptiness, stillness arises:
From stillness, action. From action, attainment.
From their stillness comes their non-action, which is also action
And is, therefore, their attainment.
For stillness is joy. Joy is free from care
Fruitful in long years.
Joy does all things without concern:
For emptiness, stillness, tranquillity, tastelessness,
Silence, and non-action
Are the root of all things.