A Story A Day: Eastern Wisdom in the Hundred Acre Woods

In this filler publication: “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff.  If we’re lucky, I’ll make this a true daily double later and write up that Vonnegut story tonight.

Some people classify this book as an introduction to Taoism through A.A. Milne’s well-known characters.  I will say this: before I read this book I knew next to nothing about Taoism; after I read this book, I knew next to nothing about Taoism, but I was a much happier person.  Hoff uses Winnie, our favorite honey-loving bear, to epitomize the concept of P’u, the Uncarved Block.  Pooh’s ignorance / innocence becomes the starting point for many conversations throughout the book that really get into your mind and make you think about things in a new light.  For anyone looking for a little inspiration to be happy, if Pooh’s cuteness wasn’t enough on it’s own, try it with a taste of eastern wisdom.  Don’t worry about people flying in planes.  Birds fly every day.

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