FOUR CARDINAL VIRITUES
The beauty of learning other faiths, other philosophies is you can incorporate those mindfulness type practices to live your best life. One such Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, has many such great teachings. He is often referred to as a mini Confucius. As you read below, you will see why.
In this verse from Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu, he speaks of the “four cardinal virtues.” Mindfulness practice can come from studying one virtue a week for four weeks.
“Those who want to know the truth of the universe should practice the four cardinal virtues.
The first is reverence for all life; this manifests as unconditional love and respect for oneself and all other beings.
The second is natural sincerity; this manifests as honesty, simplicity and faithfulness.
The third is gentleness; this manifests as kindness, consideration for others, and sensitivity to spiritual truth.
The fourth is supportivesness; this manifests as service to thers without expectation of reward.
The four virtues are not an external dogma, but a part of your original nature.
When practiced, they give birth to wisdom and evoke the five blessings: health, wealth, happiness, longevity, and peace.”
~ Hua Hu Ching, 51, translated by Brian Walker
THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS, we will cover each principle in more depth.
Happy life to you! ~Marie (aka LuvRev)