What Really Matters?

What Really Matters?
If you give away your power
To experts, possessions, or thoughts, Your body will weaken.
If you trade your health for money, You’ll want to trade it back one day.
The alchemist leads his life By emptying his mind, Filling his belly with energy, Decreasing his desires,
And strengthening his bones.
In this way, he loses material possessions, But he gains his health and peace of mind. By giving up clever desires,
He doesn’t spend energy
Chasing passing fads.
Practicing non-doing,
He achieves that which really matters.

The Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching: Transforming Your Lead Into Gold


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