Tao of Daily Life
The Mysteries of the Orient Revealed
The Joys of Inner Harmony Found
The Path to Enlightenment Illuminated
by Michelle Wood
many books on the market today that tell you how to relieve stress,
but there are very few that reveal how to truly achieve a joyful and
The Tao of Daily Life
by Derek Lin is one of those rare books.
The philosophy of Daoism is, in my opinion, the mindful
complimentary practice to Chinese medicine for the body. Rather than
treat physical symptoms of disease, if you stimulate the immune
system so that the body naturally returns to health, the symptoms of
disease will just as naturally disappear. If you are healthy, there
is no disease, and if there is no disease, there are no symptoms!
The writings included in The Tao of Daily Life stimulate the mind to avoid conflict,
the mental equivalent of illness, and nurture mental health and
emotional balance through the retelling and discussion of
metaphorical stories from China's ancient past.
The book is well organized for daily life and ease of study.
Appropriately enough, the first section is called "In The Morning."
The six stories in this section introduce you to the simplicity of
Daoism and the ways you can begin to bring balance and harmony into
your daily life. Remember, the way you start your morning sets the
tone for the rest of the day. It is important to start your day in
balance and at peace.
"At Work" is the title of part two and consists of nine tales. Work
– on the job – is the place where most people seem to run into the
greatest conflict. Personally, I think it starts with the inner
conflict of working at a job not because you love it, but to make
money. If you work at a job you truly love, there is little
conflict. If you are unable to work at a job you truly love, the
stories in this section will show you how to appreciate and benefit
from the challenges you encounter in your working world.
You are "With Friends" in the seven stories included in part three
of The Tao of Daily Life.
One of the reasons I believe we incarnate into physical beings is to
learn the Art of Cooperation. The means getting beyond yourself and
into your relationships with others by appreciating that your
greatest importance is not your "I" but your "We," your place in the
Whole of the universe. This is the lesson that comes through in
these seven, often-amusing stories.
The five stories in part four are about being "With Family." The
members of your family are the first actors on the stage in your
interpersonal development. How you live and nurture the cooperation
within and between your family members determines how you will
interact with the rest of the world. The five tales in this section
show you how to work around those familial challenges to create
peace and harmony around your home. This is especially important
because this is where you go to relax and rejuvenate every night (or
at the end of your work day, whenever that occurs). If you don't
have peace and harmony at home, you won't be the best You that you
The final section is "At Night." Many of you – myself included – are
so busy that you fall into bed exhausted at the end of the day and –
if you look back at the day at all – you usually wonder what you did
that day. The details are lost in a blur of commuting, meetings,
phone calls, errands, and other daily tasks. This last section shows
you the value of reflecting on the day just past. Your reflection
should not only look back non-judgmentally upon what you did or what
you might have done better, but on what you learned, and how you
changed and grew as a compassionate, universally-connected person by
mindfully experiencing the events of your day. The seven stories in
this section help you walk your path within as well as the path you
share with others.
If you are serious about living a life of peace and harmony, Derek
Lin's book The Tao of
Daily Life is an excellent place to start.
Michelle Wood is a stress
management consultant who helps people reverse the physical and
emotional damage caused by anxiety and stress. She is also a regular
columnist in Qi Dao, the newsletter published by the World Institute for Self Healing.
She can be contacted through her
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