Cotswold Way – Chapter 8

We  walk from Cold Ashton to Bath, the final section of the Cotswold Way.

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I read Chapter 8 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.

“The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.”

We look at a monument associated with the Battle of Lansdown, 1643.

“It is content with the low places that people disdain.”

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“Thus it is like the Tao.”

“In dwelling, live close to the ground.”

“In thinking, keep to the simple.”

We arrive at a toposcope. My hiking stick points to Bath, the final destination of our journey.

“In conflict, be fair and generous.”

“In governing, don’t try to control.”

“In work, do what you enjoy.”

“In family life, be completely present.”

We arrive at the Bath Abbey, the end of our journey.

“When you are content to be simply yourself
and don’t compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.”

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