Diane Dreher's Tao Leadership Blog

The Tao is Now

February 28, 2018

Tags: Tao Te Ching, leadership, presence, flow

The Tao Te Ching says:

The Tao leader
Lives fully in every moment.

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 14

Poets and artists have always known this lesson. The Tao moment is what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “flow”—being fully present in the here and now.

Years ago, I learned this lesson in aikido. When we were training, my teacher, Sunny Skys Sensei used to remind students of a Japanese expression: “Tadaima: only now.

We cannot respond well on the mat unless we leave our concerns outside and concentrate on training. Similarly, at work or at home, we cannot respond well unless we are fully present. But being present isn’t always easy when memories, worries, and obligations crowd our brains.

If you find your mind being crowded like this, try saying to yourself:

“Only Now.”
“I’m here now.”

Then take a deep centering breath and be here now,
Living fully in this precious moment.


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