Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Benjamin Hoff wrote a wonderful book, “The Tao of Pooh,” in which he expounds the Eastern philosophy of “Tao”, as intuitively applied by Pooh, the all time favorite “bear of little brain”. He suggests that we can learn much from Winnie the Pooh’s easy, accepting, uncomplicated philosophy--”while Eyeore frets, and Piglet hesitates and Owl pontificates . . . Pooh just IS.” Hoff writes: “When we learn to work with our own Inner Nature, and with the natural laws operating around us, we reach the level of Wu Wei. Then we work with the natural order of things and operate on the principle of minimal effort. Since the natural world follows that principle, it does not make mistakes. Mistakes are made--or imagined-- by man, the creature with the overloaded Brain who separates himself from the supporting network of natural laws by interfering and trying too hard.” We love Pooh because he doesn’t try too hard. He lives in the present moment. He just is.