The Tao That Can Be Spoken


Life’s paradoxes are not contradictions —
resisting its flow is the source of affliction.

Expansion and contraction define each other,
self and non-self contain each other;

right and wrong create each other,
plus and minus require each other;

joy and sorrow alternate with each other,
pleasure and pain become each other;

war and peace depend on each other,
good and evil reflect each other;

motion and rest follow each other,
life and death astonish each other;

earth and sky support each other,
you and I adore each other.

At the still-point where all oppositions
converge in a flash of recognition:

brightness in the dead of night,
darkness at the core of light –

there is a whole and both are parts,
the light and dark of our still secret hearts.


About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have several other sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Poetry and Prosetry: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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5 Responses to The Tao That Can Be Spoken

  1. Alisha says:

    beautifully written brother, I love all your writing and post you share in Face Book and blogs…I am inspired by you…I love the words you choose, some are really difficult for me to understand that I need dictionary to know its meaning.. how did you choose the difficult but meaningful words ?

    • Bob OHearn says:

      Thank you, Sister, for your kind appreciation, and also all you share in your own writings, especially on Tibet and Nepal!

      I try to choose words that best convey what I mean to say. It is not so much that I choose them, but more like they just come through as I write (if that makes sense?).

      Love & Blessings!

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