Travel - 旅遊 - Lǚyóu
Your body is a temple.
A journey of a thousand miles
leaves God and Heaven where you left them-
Look within yourself, and find tranquility.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
The body is a temple to the gods. It should be kept pure and clean, so the holy events can transpire within the soul. Our most sacred possession, it should be kept undefiled. Consecrated, the interior of the self is where the deepest questions can be explored.
In times of yore, the devout carried tabernacles so that they could remain devoted even when far from home. Their gods were inside the tiny boxes, protected and treasured in lacquered wood. Followers of Tao believe the gods are within themselves. Therefore, where they go, the gods go with them.
During their travels, when coming to a resting place, the Taoist sages open not a receptacle, but themselves. They carry their sense of place with them, instead of judging it based on their surroundings. Even when sojourning, they do not lose their orientation towards sacredness. They may achieve breakthroughs more quickly than their more-distracted fellow believers, for the preoccupied mind interferes with the flow of divinity. Once people connect to their inner strength, the wonders of travel become entirely evident.