Xunqueira de Ambía – Chapter 5


We past a grain storage structure (horreos), while walking from Vila de Barrio to Xunqueira de Ambía. Horreos are typical in Galacia. Karen’s app tells her how many miles we have walked, time of walking, and time per mile.


We pass goats, goatherd, dog.

I read Chapter 5 of the Tao te Ching:

“The Tao doesn’t take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.”



“The Master doesn’t take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners.”



“The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.”



“The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand.”


We walk past a horreos and a farmer’s carpentry work area. The farmer has many tools.

Lao tsu says, “Hold onto the center.”

Meditation can be a tool.

We reach the top after long climb.


We look around. How can the Tao be used? The situation might be similar to prayer in Christianity — the petitioner hopes to gain something through appealing to the Deity.



We see bee hives.



I look at a moth.

Lao tsu does not provide precise guidance but implies that “using” the Tao is possible.



The Taoist idea of “doing nothing” involves meditation. Meditation is useful — but focusing on this can be counterproductive since having a goal entails “doing something.” I think that meditation can be considered a form of self-therapy since intention is involved and it is possible to use special meditation methods to fit special needs.

Mantras are good for thwarting depression and negative thinking. Insight meditation (Vipassina) is good for identifying false ways if thinking (cognitive behavioral therapy).

The bees make honey — part of the natural order of things. The eating of the honey by humans is also part of the natural order.

When we follow a path, we end up where the path takes us. If you meditate regularly, you gain the capacity to focus your mind. This can result in benefits beyond your understanding.


A marker for the Camino — the yellow arrow.

My experience is that meditation can enhance creativity. You may come up with beneficial ideas — ways to change your life.  There is the possibility of affecting cosmic events but this is beyond words.

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