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Awareness & Self-Observation — An Exercise from the Hua Hu Ching

Check out this simple exercise for awareness and self-observation from the ancient Taoist text the Hua Hu Ching…

Awareness and Self-Observation — An Exercise from the Hua Hu Ching

A depiction of the Taoist sage Lao Tzu, to whom the oral teachings assembled in the Hua Hu Ching are attributed.1

In the following passage, the ancient Taoist text the Hua Hu Ching gives a simple explanation of the ego and then an exercise for awareness and self-observation in order to overcome it:

“The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle: Totally fascinated by the realm of the senses, it swings from one desire to the next, one conflict to the next, and one self-centered idea to the next. If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life. Let this monkey go. Let the senses go. Let desires go. Let conflicts go. Let ideas go. Let the fiction of life and death go. Just remain in the center, watching. And then forget that you are there.”

~Hua Hu Ching, Chapter 10. Translated by Brian Walker


  1. By Zhang Lu (張路) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 

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