Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching, Number 76


Tao Te Ching book coverWisdom from the Tao Te Ching endures.

The Tao Te Ching is one of the fundamental texts of Taoism.
Written thousands of years ago as 81 verses to contemplate, the Tao Te Ching offers perspectives that guide me today. This morning, I “randomly” opened to number 76.

Seventy Six

A person is born gentle and weak.
At their death they are hard and stiff.
Green plants are tender and filled with sap.
At their death they are weathered and dry.

Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.
The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.

Thus an army without flexibility never wins a battle.
A tree that is unbending is easily broken.

The hard and strong will fall.
The soft and weak will overcome.

Quoted from the Tao Te Ching, translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English

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About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.

10 Comments

  • Bianca D

    Reply Reply January 26, 2017

    Be right back….need to do some stretching

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply January 31, 2017

      🙂

  • Jill

    Reply Reply January 26, 2017

    Thank you Cindy…a reminder for me to re-read!!

  • Kay

    Reply Reply January 26, 2017

    The meek shall inherit the earth

  • Patricia

    Reply Reply January 27, 2017

    CIndy,
    Very powerfull message. Thank you!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply January 31, 2017

      You are welcome. I find great comfort and inspiration from the Tao Te Ching.

  • Jan

    Reply Reply January 30, 2017

    So excited about this new journey!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply January 31, 2017

      Wonderful!

  • Sheri Ferber

    Reply Reply January 31, 2017

    when we are weak He is strong.

    thank you for sharing

  • Laurie

    Reply Reply February 1, 2017

    Number 76

    Beautiful!

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