I’m reading Byron Katie this week. In her book A Thousand Names for Joy she writes about the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching. And some of the information is so spiritual that it makes me think “she’s insane” because no one could live in a sustained world of that much peace.
The book is not just about the Tao, it’s about how The Work and the Tao intertwine.
If you don’t know The Work. It’s pretty easy, when you are experiencing anything, any emotion, any thought you ask yourself five easy questions.
The questions are on her website. I won’t list them here. Katie’s idea is that we suffer when we believe our thoughts. We suffer when we argue reality, that things should be different then they are. We believe that we know a better way if only we could change everything but ourselves, when the only thing we can change is ourselves.
A Thousand Names for Joy is a difficult read. But the idea of letting go of your stories, the shoulds we all tell ourselves to create less suffering, might just be the way to go. I know I could use a little less suffering.