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									The Tao Of Womanhood
Author: Diane Dreher

The Tao of Womanhood is for every woman who is searching for both external power and internal peace.
It's for the woman who wants to be tough but nice, who wants to take care of things and everyone else
but needs to be reminded to look after herself, who feels pulled in too many directions and yearns to live
a full, balanced life. It's for the woman who wants to be a strong, proactive leader at work and at home,
and lead a life of harmony and inner peace. A spiritual resource that combines the wisdom of the Tao Te
Ching with straightforward advice and illuminating anecdotes, The Tao of Womanhood is a prescriptive,
practical road map. Using Taoist principles, teacher and spiritualist Dreher explains how any woman can
learn to incorporate calm into her busy modern life by learning how toSay "no" without feeling
guiltyRespond without being frantic or reactiveSeize opportunitiesSummon the strength to changeClear
the space necessary for continual growth transformationCalm and reassuring, The Tao of Womanhood
imparts the invigorating message to all women -- whether stay-at-home moms or corporate executives --
that leading a balanced and fulfilling life does not mean surrendering peace of mind.

In the beginning was the Tao
Which gave rise to yin and yang,
Sunlight and shadow,
And the energy
Of all existence,
Yet beneath the dance of life,
The Tao is always One,
Mother of ten thousand things,
Source of all creation.
-- Tao, 42The oneness of Tao recalls for me the winter mornings when I was eleven and awakened to a
world of new-fallen snow. There, outside the window of my new home in Grandview, Missouri, was one
expansive world of white -- snow covering the trees and rooftops, smoothing the rough edges, blending
everything into monochromatic harmony.For children in the Midwest, snowstorms create spontaneous
holidays. Roads are impassable, schools are closed, and days are dedicated to play. Eagerly downing
our oatmeal and hot chocolate, donning our jackets and mittens, my brother and I would rush out into the
sparkling world.We'd crunch through the snow and ice in our boots, ride our sleds, and build snowmen. I'd
watch the snowflakes as they settled on my sleeve, each one a tiny star-shaped, six-pointed crystal. A
marvel of oneness in multiplicity, each snowflake was uniquely itself, while reflecting the same universal
design.Last December, my husband and I took a vacation in the High Sierra. After a busy season at
work, I looked forward to cross-country skiing through silent snow-covered woods that recalled the winter
playgrounds of my childhood. For a few days, at least, our hectic lives would be transformed into a winter
world of white. But when we arrived, the snow was patchy except on the highest peaks.Yet the oneness
was still there. Leaving behind the crowds at Squaw Valley and Incline Village, we packed a lunch and
went for a hike by the Truckee River. Its usual gentle flow was now a torrent of rushing rapids. Walking
beside the powerful river through puddles and patches of snow, I found the same serenity I had when
cross-country skiing or watching snowflakes as a child. Looking from the snowcapped mountains to the
stream of snowmelt rushing down to the river, I saw that all these varied forms were water, the source of
all life, transforming itself as it transformed the terrain. Beneath the apparent multiplicity was an
underlying oneness.Like the water whose essence endures throughout its changing forms, the oneness
in your life is always there, if you know where to find it. Beneath the dance of ten thousand things on the
surface, life has its own dynamic unity. The energies of yin and yang, snow and water, sunlight and
shadow, alternate in our lives as well as in nature. What we are and what we do is an integral part of all
that is.Too often, as we rush from one task to the next with a chorus of voices clamoring for our attention,
we see only the frantic surface of life. Yet we can regain that sense of oneness described for centuries in
the Far East, carved on precious jade, painted on silk tapestries. Held within our hearts in moments of
stillness, it is the essence of all Taoist art and the first lesson in the Tao of Womanhood.Dynamic
Balance: Finding Unity In MultiplicityRecovering Your sense of oneness, living in greater harmony, begins
with a shift in perception. Conditioned by individualism and specialization, our Western minds focus on
separate parts, while the wisdom of the East emphasizes relationships. Living in a world of machines, we
seek a static and uniform status quo while in the world of nature life occurs in dynamic flow.The first step
in the Tao of...
Author Bio
Diane Dreher
Diane Dreher, Ph.D., is the author of The Tao of Inner Peace, The Tao of Womanhood, and The Tao of
Personal Leadership. She holds a Ph.D. in English from UCLA, with credentials in spiritual counseling
and holistic health. Diane leads workshops on balance and personal growth nationwide. She teaches
Renaissance literature and creative writing at Santa Clara University and cultivates her garden at home in
the San Francisco Bay Area.

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