…more of the Daily Tao Series………

From the book ‘Tao Daily Meditations’ by Deng Ming-Dao on Water

Water cleanses,
Gathers in the earth.
Tender. Invasive. Subtle.
Emerges a shining river.
When small, it is weak.
When great, it tumbles mountains.
Rendering great cliffs

Classic wisdom says that there is nothing weaker than water, yet when united, it can become a titanic force. Like a tidal wave. Or a river that cuts through gorges. This is called the yielding overcoming the hard.

Let’s look at it another way. Water does not overcome because it yields. It overcomes because it is relentless. It perseveres and does not give up. It is constant. Rock can block water. Rock can even hold water in a lake for thousands of years. Why can’t the yielding overcome the hard then? Because it cannot move. It cannot work its magic of being relentless.

Just as water must be able to express its true nature in a relentless way, so too must we simultaneously and relentlessly express our true natures if we are to be successful in life. Otherwise, we will find ourselves hemmed in by the hard walls of reality, and we will never be able to break through.

But how do we acquire such perseverance? We start small. As drops.

I initially chose to create my water image today because it’s been raining so much these past many days. However, now, I find in the text a truly meaningful lesson for myself. I’m feeling somewhat hemmed in by my reality of late. Reading this today has given me heart to persevere so that I may eventually break through. I just need to start small………….. :o)

June 2009


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  • Jan Landers
    Jan Landersabout 5 years ago

    ahhh…..i was waiting for this to reappear….water….so powerful….so gentle….so nourishing….so cleansing….ahhh….this one is really timely, jenny….i love the water background, too….the flow of energy is beautiful….

  • I’m so glad you like it. Seems it’s a good one for many today. :o) Thanks for waiting for it, at the last minute I decided to change the background color……… heh heh

    – JenLand

  • linaji
    linajiabout 5 years ago


  • I actually have a few of the originals still, they are pocket sized for easy portability! ha ha ha I’m so glad you like these Linaji, your comments always bring a smile. :o)

    PS – watch for a calendar sometime before next year, it may take me that long to amass 12 of these! :o)

    – JenLand

  • Jan Landers
    Jan Landersabout 5 years ago

    as i read this again, i feel more….start small…as drops….feeling that….thank you for this….

  • I so love it when something I’ve posted makes such a nice connection. :o) Thanks for the fav my friend!!

    – JenLand

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely love it!!!!!!!! xoxooox

    Def FAV

  • Aww, glad you came back to have a look Sally! and thank you for the fav. :o)

    – JenLand

  • Leon A.  Walker
    Leon A. Walkerabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!!!

  • Hi Leon! Thank you very much. :o)

    – JenLand

  • Christopher Birtwistle-Smith
    Christopher Bi...about 5 years ago

    the water really adds texture to this image Jen – timeless

  • I wondered about adding that background to this one, I’m glad you like it! Thanks!

    – JenLand

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearabout 5 years ago

    this is beautiful Jen, good to see you in your ‘element’ ;) xoxox

  • Heh heh! Thank you so much TK, it’s good to get to post a little something again. :o) XOXO

    – JenLand

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxabout 5 years ago

    Your gonna have one heck of a calender year ahead ya know.. Love the text of wisdoms that acompany them too.. Simply powerful massages-images~

  • Thanks so much Lj! Yeah, I think I’ll manage to get the calendar put together. :o) I really love the book these quotes come from, lots of grist for the mill as they say!! XO Thanks for the fav too. :o)

    – JenLand

  • Syd Baker
    Syd Bakerabout 5 years ago

    Love going to your page and seeing these all together, oh, water and me have been arguing until lately, kept finding a way into the house, not water’s fault, other lazy people’s fault, but I finally redirected water completely to my garden, I think it’s about time to give you the promised photo I haven’t forgot because the garden is ever so happy! Good old water!

  • So you’re getting rained on a lot too eh? Seems like the whole country is getting very well watered!! Yes, please, photos please! Thank you Syd. :o)

    – JenLand

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 5 years ago

    Very beautiful! This is a lovely piece.

  • Thank you very much Bunny!

    – JenLand

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