Eckhart Tolle described it as being “one of the great treasures of spiritual literature” whereas personal growth legend Dr. Wayne Dyer became entranced in it’s teachings and has written books about it.
Written in China 2,500 years ago, it has become the second most translated book in the world behind the Bible.
If you’re not familiar with these philosophical teachings, we’re talking about the Tao Te Ching.
The Tao Te Ching provides the basis for the philosophical school of Taoism, and fundamentally teaches that there is one undivided truth at the root of all things. When translated, it literally means:
Tao: the way
The timeless Tao Te Ching teaches you to be serene, happy and peaceful in all circumstances; even those considered to be the most challenging – as when you change the way you look at things – the things you look at change.
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Tao Te Ching
The Tao Te Ching contains 81 chapters (verses), so if you’re not quite up for the lengthy read, listen to the above 18-minute video that is broken into three chapters to find out how these harmonious teachings can be applied to your everyday life.
We’ve been listening to the calming and simplistic teachings of this video on repeat all day, and have been captivated by this beautiful ancient Chinese philosophy. Next time you meditate, try putting it on in the background to really absorb it’s meaning.