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Doa/Toa - The absolute principle underlying the universe, combining within itself the principles of yin and yang and signifying the way, or code of behavior, that is in harmony with the natural order.

Chi - The circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things.
- Yang: Aggressive, assertive energy, masculine, "the daylight." When you use too much yang, you would get a lot of aggressive energy back. The fundamental problem of human existence is that we're all addicted to yang, we constantly try to force things, make things happen, etc. Things don't work in life because we're constantly using way too much yang.
- Yin: Quiet, calm, peaceful energy, feminine, "the night time." The solution to yang is a lot more yin, not trying to make things happen. Think about what the old man does in the pool. Lao-Tzu is still living today in the mountains because he uses a lot of yin and doesn't wear himself out.
Ex. Star Wars - The force is an energy in all living things. Light and dark side as opposed to good and bad. Finding balance in the force.

Wu Wei - Means "without doing, cause or making" - is an important natural action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort. Wu wei is the cultivation of a mental state in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the flow of life.
- Tai chi: a health/fitness plan with martial arts - roots in Daoist philosophy; does not include hitting or striking, but movement; if your opponent tries to hit you, then simply move out the way and don't strike back

De/Te - Virtue correlated to Junzi; go through the day practicing Wu Wei and don't think about it; practice Yin; don't struggle against the way things are