Verse 23 is about true intimacy and being at one with all things. To be at one with all things requires to lower the guard and open up fully and completely. Embrace life with everything it has got and take it into the heart. It does teach us how to do it – just be one thing at a time. If you are quiet be quiet. If you are sad, be sad. If you are worried, be worried. If you walk, walk. If you write, write. One thing at a time and full attention to whatever it is we are doing, feeling your thinking. Yes, even thinking. No fear. No shame. No expectation. No hiding. Just being there, allowing the Tao to embrace us, engulf us and unite with us. Because we are the Tao.
Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet.
be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind;
when it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.
If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tap
and you can embody it completely.
If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.
if you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.
Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place