Tao Te Ching endures – Number 76

Tao Te Ching book coverWisdom from the Tao Te Ching endures.

The Tao Te Ching is one of the fundamental texts of Taoism.
Written thousands of years ago as 81 verses to contemplate, the Tao Te Ching endures the test of time and offers perspectives that guide me today. This morning, I “randomly” opened to number 76.

Seventy Six
A person is born gentle and weak.
At their death they are hard and stiff.
Green plants are tender and filled with sap.
At their death they are weathered and dry.
Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.
The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.
Thus an army without flexibility never wins a battle.
A tree that is unbending is easily broken.
The hard and strong will fall.
The soft and weak will overcome.

Quoted from the Tao Te Ching, translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Laurie on February 1, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Number 76

  2. Sheri Ferber on January 31, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    when we are weak He is strong.
    thank you for sharing

  3. Jan on January 30, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    So excited about this new journey!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on January 31, 2017 at 6:31 pm


  4. Patricia on January 27, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Very powerfull message. Thank you!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on January 31, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      You are welcome. I find great comfort and inspiration from the Tao Te Ching.

  5. Kay on January 26, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    The meek shall inherit the earth

  6. Jill on January 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you Cindy…a reminder for me to re-read!!

  7. Bianca D on January 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Be right back….need to do some stretching

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on January 31, 2017 at 6:31 pm


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