The Tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named
is not the eternal name.
The Tao is both named and nameless.
As nameless it is the origin of all things;
as named it is the Mother of 10,000 things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery;
ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations.
And the mystery itself is the doorway to all understanding.
This 1st verse which introduced me to the Tao Te Ching talks a lot about thinking from both perspectives. Everything in life has an opposite be it light and dark, good and bad, happy or sad. One perspective is not better as both are needed and compliment each other.
Often we go through life naming and labeling people, places and things. It reminds me of a line from Romeo and Juliet:
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet”
By labeling a rose as a rose it is then defined and can not be anything beyond that name. A flower that is a rose that you smell, touch, see and experience becomes something much greater than what most would describe a rose as being.
In life we often miss the mystery and magic of what is already in our lives. We desire more money, love, success, fame yet we miss the blessings that have already been showered upon us. When following the Tao try and open your mind to the words being more than what you see with your eyes. Experience the verses and feel the energy they offer.