Benjamin Hoff: The Tao of Pooh

Benjamin Hoff: The Tao of Pooh | © Josh Sneesby

I’m currently commuting across london, and have this book with me, so it seems appropriate!

I was given this book by my partner, who loves Winnie The Pooh. Our chats often came back to the concept using simple, uncomplicated ideas to tell complex stories. I love this idea. I’d seen this book on her shelf, and kept on thinking about it whenever I visited... How could a children’s cartoon character explain the grand philosophy of Taoism? Well. She let me borrow it and find out.

It turns out that my much-loved childhood cartoon character, Winnie the Pooh – a small, curious and honey-loving bear – unknowingly demonstrates the principals of Taoism by simply being. Moment to moment. Winnie the Pooh navigates life in a simple way, and this book explains philosophy in a simple way. It is is very charming, and very unpretentious – exactly what I like.

It’s such a beautiful book to read now, in London Lockdown. It reminds me to stay in the moment and »work with the natural order of things« – very calming, and very efficient. A fantastic combination! Reading this book, I can feel my inner tempo slow, even when I’m on the London Underground!

Josh Sneesby, London, 29 January 2021
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