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About Inner Emptiness

A comparison between one of Jesus' sayings
and the first chapter of Lao-tzu's Tao-te ching

Inner emptiness

Don't worry all the time about what you will wear and what you will eat. Your Heavenly Father gives you everything you need, just as He gives all their needs to plants and animals.

This idea of ​​not caring about our day-to-day life was expounded by Jesus in the New Testament. Of course, except for the hermits, no one follows it. Even the most zealous worshippers show no interest in indifference to daily living. On the contrary!

And yet, we find elsewhere, in this case in Taoist wisdom, a similar, if not identical, idea.

The idea of ​​inner emptiness, of emptying.

To put it more simply, it is a matter of abandoning our desires in order to be in accord with the Tao and thus in harmony with everything.

We find this idea explicitly in the first chapter of Tao Te Ching, the Bible of Taoism. Here is what it reads:

You must be without desire
If you want to know the depth (of the Tao).

But if you do not give up the desire
You will not go beyond its (Tao) appearance.

To be without desire means to give up worries and, last but not least, what you will wear and eat, meaning the tomorrow needs. It means to make the most of the present moment.

It is fascinating to find such similar ideas in such different spiritual disciplines: Christianity and Taoism.

And yet, this is the case, thus proving that spiritualities have commonplaces - things we cannot do without, such as inner emptiness.

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