The Tao Made Easy: Timeless Wisdom to Navigate a Changing World
Alan Cohen, Hay House
When I first bought this book I hadn’t noticed that it is a modern book referring to our time. It was a surprise when I discovered in the first pages that it refers to life as we experience it today with the intense rhythm, the technology being an integral part of our lives for good, and the general confusion that prevails as something normal.
In the first lines I already understood the American way of writing, that if you are a little familiar with it, English phrases almost automatically pop up to mind. This makes it on the one hand modern, fresh and legible and on the other hand, those of us who are familiar with motivational speakers and this kind of content make us say “here we go again”. At first, I was skeptical that this is another ode to the American way of expression through which is a magical way to constantly tell the same thing in different words and in fact say nothing.
The pleasant surprise was that, already from the introduction, it hooked me. I finally found that his book is very inspiring, and it made me feel like it was written by a man who really experiences what he describes. From the development of Taoist philosophy and its adaptation to the self knowledge part, it brought me back to ThetaHealing, because whatever happens, you have to go back, dig it up and find the true cause for anything that is not functional to a person. Once again it is confirmed how everything is connected, and how beautifully they complement each other.
In my opinion, the best part of each chapter is the vignettes in which author Alan Cohen meets the teacher Lao Tzu. It creates beautiful images and activates the imagination to bring ourselves as if we are for a while in a countryside of China and to observe how everything works in harmony, with universal wisdom and we come in contact with Lao Tzu’s peace and philosophical perception of things everyday, even facing somewhat seemingly complexed choices, as we would call them, in pure calmness.
The journey of reminding the balance keeps coming back to find us. The Tao becomes practically a way of life, leading to a calm and quiet mind from what we have used to. At some point a yoga teacher said, “observe people, the fuss they make is because they are fussy on the inside.” How easily can you restore peace within yourself? The easy way to bring it back is to be somewhere far away from the worldly, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, away from the crowds. If we all become hermits, we become gods of ourselves, the difficult thing seems to be to remain part of this world, this society and find ways to apply peace and tranquility first to ourselves.
Through this book I was motivated not to give up this daily reminder to myself of the trust in synchronicity, in the circularity of nature, of constant observation, and that the application of the Tao is unstoppable even in the simplest things. The writing style is tailored for those who know to remember and adapt, and for those who do not know how to get in touch with the easy adaptation to the modern life’s needs.