Emotional Virtue, Avoiding Excesses

“Taoists believe that we are all born with the virtues of love, gentleness, kindness, respect, honesty, fairness, justice, and righteousness. These are actually higher aspects of our emotions, which are derived from the positive energies of our organs. When we are abundant with virtues, our life-force flows smoothly and efficiently. If we neglect to cultivate the virtues, however, we run the risk of channeling our accumulated energies directly into our negative emotions, exacerbating any negative or neurotic tendencies we may have. (Keep in mind that we usually exude the emotional energies that are most prevalent within us.)”

“True compassion, which controls sexual desire, comes from a combination of compassion energy (in the heart) and sexual energy.

“Some systems only promote giving love in the form of self- sacrifice, giving more than we have to give. Eventually this can cause us to burn out. Many worldly endeavors also drain our sexual energy, causing it to dry up.”

From Awaken Healing Light of the Tao, by Mantak Chia

29. Avoid Extremes and Save Your Energy
If you seek to change the world,

Change yourself instead.
The world is perfect just the way it is,

And doesn’t need our meddling.
Many bounce between fast and slow. Others bounce between hot and cold. Some waver between strong and weak. Others waver between proud and meek.
Save your energy.
Avoid extremes and excesses.


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