Book Rec: The Tao of Pooh

“The Tao of Pooh” is a book that introduces the principles of Taoism through the eyes of Winnie the Pooh.

Here are five interesting quotes from the book:

“The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard – one that thinks too much.”

“The Christmas presents once opened are Not So Much Fun as they were while we were in the process of examining, lifting, shaking, thinking about, and opening them. Three hundred sixty-five days later, we try again and find that the same thing has happened. Each time the goal is reached, it becomes Not So Much Fun, and we’re off to reach the next one, then the next one, then the next.

That doesn’t mean that the goals we have don’t count. They do, mostly because they cause us to go through the process and it’s the process that makes us wise, happy, or whatever. If we do things in the wrong sort of way, it makes us miserable, angry, confused, and things like that. The goal has to be right for us, and it has to be beneficial, in order to ensure a beneficial process. But aside from that, it’s really the process that’s important.”

“The wise know their limitations; the foolish do not.”

“When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don’t belong.”

“No matter how useful we may be, sometimes it takes us a while to recognize our own value.”

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