Forty-Two

The tao gives birth to one.

One gives birth to two.

Two gives birth to three.

Three gives birth to all things.


All of us inhabit stillness,

yet embody movement.

We achieve harmony by balancing

these forces.


Busy people tend to despise inaction,

but the wise make regular use of it.

Making a dedicated practice of

peaceful presence,

not striving,

one reclaims

oneness.