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The Tao of Pooh is an absolute must-read for anyone seeking to live a richer and happier life, but we’ll give you a short summary of the life lessons it teaches. Most importantly, the book teaches that meditation and self-reflection can help you become your most true self, which paves the way for peace, happiness and fulfillment.

Here are some other important lessons taught through Pooh’s tales. Select a tab to learn more.

Going with the flow is wu wei

Pooh has an effortless way of going about life. Rather than trying to control or change things, he just lets life happen. Taoists call this way of life ‘wu wei’. Wu wei is about letting go and letting be, but it’s definitely not about being lazy.

As a Taoist saying goes: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

We often tend to rush through life, feverishly driven by our fear of wasting time. But according to Pooh, time cannot be wasted. It can only be spent. So slow down and stop hurrying – simply be.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
The things that make you different are the things that make you.

Pooh teaches us that we are all unique. Don’t try to be someone else. Hoff writes: “A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly. Very simple. It’s obvious, isn’t it? And yet, you’d be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are.”

 

The Chinese word ‘pu’, which translates as ‘uncarved block’, refers to the natural state of things – to who we are at our core. Pooh embodies the principle of the uncarved block, as he always exists in his natural state and sees the original simplicity in the everything and everyone around him.

The uncarved block teaches us to appreciate that natural state of things rather than be something we are not meant to be.
The snowball effect is a situation where something starts small and gains momentum, growing in significance or intensity over time, much like how a snowball grows larger as it rolls down a hill

If you keep thinking about something, those thoughts will “snowball”. They become bigger and bigger. So to build a positive life and increase your happiness, think positive thoughts. Flood your mind with positivity by thinking of the things you appreciate in your life, and let the snowball effect do the rest.

n Taoism, attaining a state of emptiness is viewed as a state of stillness and placidity which is the "mirror of the universe" and the "pure mind".

Many people fear emptiness, frantically filling their lives with stuff and non-stop busyness. But Pooh teaches us that emptiness can clean out our messy minds and recharge the batteries of spiritual energy.

Reflection moment:

The antidote to loneliness is friendship. With other people eventually, but first with yourself.

What would it take to build a better relationship with yourself—with your own thoughts, feelings, desires, expectations, values, and beliefs? 

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