Remember how I said I read an entire book the other day? Well, per the expert recommendation of a close friend, I quickly made my way through Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh. I found its teachings so interesting, I wanted to share them with you.
This light-hearted book explains the ideals of Taoism to its readers in terms any child, or child at heart, can not only understand, but appreciate and enjoy as well…the Pooh way! Using the classic Winnie-the-Pooh characters, the otherwise slightly complicated principles of Taoism are illustrated clearly and with style- emphasis on the illustrations!
This easy read has got me really thinking about what Taoism teaches and the way of life that Pooh, as the ultimate definition of Taoism according to this book, practices daily. According to the author, Taoism is perfectly demonstrated by Pooh every time he makes the decision to just be. With Rabbit’s cleverness always guiding him to the next pointless task, Owl’s wisdom robbing him of any actual life experience, Piglet’s fear of the world keeping him from Pooh’s effortlessly happy lifestyle, Eeyore’s cynism defying any chance of inner nature, and Tigger’s attempts to be the best at everything standing in his way of realizing his own truths, Pooh is the only animal in all of the Hundred Acre Wood who can truly be considered a Taoist. When Pooh doesn’t know what to do, he does what he wants. He sits in a nice spot and thinks. Or heads to the kitchen to eat some Honey. Or walks around the whole forest just to say hello to each of his friends and wish them a Happy Thursday. Because he is just “That Kind of Bear”. Pooh realizes that things are the way they are. Instead of thinking of complicated ways to fix problems, Pooh does the obvious. He sees a situation in front of him, and takes the most blatant straightforward approach to solving it. And you know what? He succeeds. That’s why in the end, everyone is always giving “three cheers for Poohbear!”
What do you think of this “pure happiness” approach to life? Do you really think it’s possible to simply choose happiness and feel happy? Studying a little of the logic behind this theory really did open my eyes to the idea of it…I’ve decided to try and think of Pooh when I’m feeling lost or frustrated by this injury. What would Pooh do? I mean, it can’t hurt, right?