Zy Marquiez
April 22, 2019

Eastern philosophy is a rather intricate subject that has many different viewpoints.  Fortuitously, Everyday Tao touches upon some of those viewpoints in stark fashion.

Everyday Tao – Living With Balance & Harmony by Deng Min-Dao is a very insightful book, who seeks to empower individuals through a broad, and yet meaningful way to view the landscape of life through its use of metaphors and memorable stories.

Split up into 15 different sections, Everyday Tao covers a variety of ways that individuals are able to get in tune with the Tao.  The 15 sections are: nature, silence, books, strategy, movement, skill, craft, conduct, moderation, devotion, perseverance, teaching, self, simplifying and union.

Using Chinese ideograms which contain inherent stories therein, the author showcases the hidden subtleties woven within each, unweaving them to their core essence to show the wisdom to be drawn from them.

The way the book is set up, each individual insight covering no more than a page, makes this the type of book that can be read straight through, or on a day-by-day basis.  For me, the latter offered much enjoyment and meaning because I was able to digest and discern much of what the book provided and ponder it deeply therein without rushing.

Just like Shunryu Suzuki’s masterful book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, I reference this book quite often when I feel my mind lacking a mindful approach in my daily endeavors, and have for a few years now.

Through and through, the book offers a no-nonsense approach into Taoist insights, and one certainly need not follow Tao to be able to gain much from these.

As someone who’s relatively new to Eastern Philosophy and open minded about it, there was an incredible amount to appreciate that was interwoven within.  This volume offers much value, and if you’re seeking more to read on Tao or Eastern Philosophy, do not hesitate – get this book.


Suggested Reading & Viewing:

Quiet – The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Talent Is Overrated – What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everyone Else by Geoff Colvin

Compound Growth by Darren Hardy

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Exploring J.R.R. Tokien’s The Hobbit by Corey Olsen Ph.D.

The Philosophy Of Tolkien – The Worldview Behind Lord Of The Rings by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.

On The Shoulders Of Hobbits – The Road To Virtue By Tolkien & Lewis by Louis Marko Ph.D.

Lord Of The Rings: How To Read J.R.R. Tolkien [Presentation]

The Vision Of Freedom That Tolkien Got & The West Forgot [Video]

Socrates Meets Kant by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.

Dialectical Thinking – Zeno, Socrates, Kant, Marx by Tommi Juhani Hanjijarvi Ph.D.

Confucius – The Analects by Raymond Dawson

About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.