“The world belongs to those who let go.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
The last couple of years I’ve been reading the Tao Te Ching and other books influenced by it. There are two things, in particular, that I love about Taoism. One is the simplicity. That’s something I’m endeavouring to practice not only in my personal home life with what I surround myself with, but in my creativity as well. I’m interested in saying more with fewer words and conveying more, musically, with fewer layers of instruments. Another take on minimalism you might say. The other thing I really love about the Taoist path is the way it endorses learning from nature.
Being a fan of watching nature in all its quiet glory, I love to contemplate the ease with which a river flows. We could move through life just as effortlessly if we’d allow ourselves to, without resistance, in tune with our essential nature. I think watching a river flowing is really helpful in showing your conscious mind, and perhaps subconscious too, how to let go. How to move on and live with faith in the process of life.
I felt this with my whole body once. One hot summer day when I was carrying the shards of a broken heart around inside me I laid down on my back in the flowing water of a creek in the Byron Hinterland. Comfortably anchored by a smooth rock with my ears submerged under the rushing water so even the normal sounds of the world were muffled, I let the water rushing downstream flow steadily over my whole body. I must have laid there for about twenty minutes. When I sat up I felt completely transformed and cleansed. As though the water had carried away my pain and all that no longer served me. It was a bit like being reborn. Now I find I only have to mentally picture smooth, flowing water and I have a link back to that peace – that feeling of release.
All of this was on my mind when I wrote The Art Of Being, which turned out to be the title track of my new record. The whole song is posted as a preview here on the player at the top of the homepage. The recording’s not 100% finished. We still have to master etc. Meanwhile, it will give you a glimpse of things to come. I hope you enjoy it! I’m wishing you contentment and beautiful “flow” whatever you’re up to!
If you’re like me and like to catch all the words, here’s the lyric.
The Art Of Being
see the deep, dark river move
nothing to prove
feel the way she never looks back
I wanna know that
Show me how to be here
how to flow
oh, the art of being
how to let go
there’s no need to fight the tide
and wilderness inside
you could be a stone worn smooth
by the simple truth