The Three Treasures of Daoism

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. – Laozi

Simplicity is hard. We complicate things by adding concepts to experience, judgments to concepts, and emotions to judgments. Then we are stressed, anxious, angry, sad, and depressed.

Daoism teaches us to return to the now, the here, and the experience of the flow and flux of reality. This is called the Dao.

Patience is a virtue, but we are not good at it. We live in a world of instant pots, instant coffee, and instant results. We are impatient, uptight, and are a slave to the clock.

Return to nature and feel the natural rhythm of the day, the moon, and the seasons. We are controlled by the clock because we have said yes when we should have said no. Say no to the nonessential.

Compassion is hard to find in a world torn apart by political fights, religious wars, and personal conflicts. A million warring egos battle for all that they can conquer.

Compassion is about having sympathy and concern for the sufferings and misfortunes of others. We are all in this together. We are an interconnected web of life. We must learn to open our hearts before our mouths, listen before we speak, and not judge others so harshly.

These three virtues of Daoism are, according to Laozi, your greatest treasures. Find them, keep them, cultivate them, and then give them away.

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Jay Forrest

Jay N. Forrest is an IT professional, an ordained Humanist minister, and a Certified and Accredited Meditation Teacher.