The Tao of Pooh

One on my favorite books when I first began the journey of Self-Discovery was, The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff.  Pooh   The author used A. A. Milne’s characters to symbolize ideas that differ from, or accentuate, Taoist principals. Winnie the Pooh himself, for example, personified the principle of Wu Wei, Wu Wei,  the concept of effortless doing. And also the principal of Pu ,Pu, the concept of being open to, but unburdened by, life’s experiences. These are also a metaphors for our human nature.

This week I was scrolling through Facebook and found an announcement for an online class with Martha Beck, a prominent Life-Coach.  The workshop looked interesting, I watched a couple of YouTube videos with Martha speaking on a Ted Talks presentation. I also watched another video where Martha was coaching a client online. I liked what I saw, but hesitated signing up for the three month course.

My plate is pretty full right now with books and travel, taxes and creative projects. One such project had me cutting out magazine pictures yesterday afternoon.  Up popped a page with a blurb about a life coach. Your guessed it, Martha Beck.   Here’s what she was quoted as saying:

“Winie the Pooh. There’s a scene in which he, Piglet, and Rabbit get lost. Rabbit, the frantic intellectual, keeps steering them in circles. Then he leaves, and Pooh tells Piglet: ‘Let’s go home.’ ‘But, Pooh’,  cries Piglet, ‘do you know the way?’  ‘No’ says Pooh, ‘But there are twelve pots of honey in my cupboard, and they’ve been calling to me for hours. I couldn’t hear them properly before, because Rabbit would talk, but if nobody says anything…I shall know where they’re call from.’  -All I ever do is help people quiet their Rabbit-Minds until they hear the pots of honey speaking to their tummies. That’s the way to our destinies. Follow what’s sweet, delicious and calling.”

I love to help people light-up with possibility, and the awareness-es of being a self larger than what they previously thought possible. This quote reminds me of what we all need from time to time. When I find myself running in circles trying to complete tasks, quiet meditation time provides me with The Way, the path of Wu Wei.