Much Ado About Nothing…a bit of Taoist wisdom?

Yes, the title of one of Shakespeare’s delightful comedies, last night’s feature at our Shakespeare in the Park, one of my summer “must – do’s”. 

(Each year, the incredibly talented Free Will Players perform two of Shakespeare’s classics on alternate evenings outdoors under the tented amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park.  An exquisite location with Mother Nature and her “cast” of characters regularly adding stage effects… last night the squirrel stealing popcorn and pizza crusts from under the audience’s feet.  And given this July’s regular evening wind and thunderstorms,  Macbeth’s witches – this season’s alternate production –  have been cackling around their cauldron with heightened anticipation!)  The play was a curious bookend to my day, with its counterpart a curious foreshadowing.

365 TAO

Cara la mia ragazza italiana, M, gifted me on Sunday a pranzo with a little book entitled 365 TAO Daily Meditations by Deng Ming-Dao,  to support my intention to “move at the pace of guidance.”  Day 4’s meditation on Reflection:

Moon above water.  Sit in solitude.

By way of explanation: “If we still ourselves, we can mirror the divine perfectly.  But if we engage solely in the frenetic activities of our daily involvements, if we seek to impose our own schemes on the natural order, and if we allow ourselves to be absorbed in self-centred views, the surface of our waters becomes turbulent.  Then we cannot be receptive to Tao.”

William Shakespeare, a Taoist master? 

Choosing to wait for the parking lot to empty, instead of idling in line and growing impatient with not moving,  I smiled knowing once again that “there’s nothing new under the moon.”

About Katharine Weinmann

living and leading with courage, clarity, compassion and creativity
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