Hello and Welcome to American Taoist!

American Taoist My name is Matt Timlin, just your average American trying to live my life according to Taoist philosophies and trying to get right with Tao.

19 June 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Real Goodness

TweetI was speaking the other day with a good friend of mine, like one does with their good friends, about one of the hardest things I am forever learning to do in life: learning to not let things beyond my control negatively influence me. Overall I’d say I’ve got a pretty good feeling for doing […]

18 June 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Life is Beautiful

Tweet  I have said this before, and I’ll say it again: “As long as the world can stay beautiful, I can stay happy.” Pending any full on cataclysm or apocalypse, regardless of what’s happening in my life I feel that I’ll always be able to find some reason to be happy when I look up […]

10 October 2012 ~ 2 Comments

My Favorite Word

TweetFlow has easily become one of my favorite words as of late.  I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about that word and what it means in the context of Life and how I might live it.  Remind yourself to flow with life, doing so means remembering to stop resisting everything that doesn’t seem to […]

28 August 2012 ~ 1 Comment

The Way I Read It…

Tweet“The Way I read it, Taoism is just being yourself.” -Kermit the Frog Thoughts on this, anyone?

25 July 2012 ~ 3 Comments

The Wisdom of Your Subconscious

TweetI’m not so sure we give our brains enough credit for the amount of thinking they actually do.  Whatever thoughts we’ve got going on in the conscious part of our brains, you can bet that’s only the tip of the iceberg compared to all the things your brain is figuring out for you. I have, as […]

23 May 2012 ~ 3 Comments

Know Your Limits

TweetWriter’s block has been an issue for me lately, which is why anyone out there who visits regularly might have noticed giant gaps between posts here.  Well the other day I was looking for inspiration and I did something that I’m ashamed to admit I hadn’t done for a while: I returned to the Tao […]

15 May 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Life as Meditation

TweetThe goal of meditation in many practices is, if you’ll allow me to over simplify things, the pursuit of intentionally emptying your mind of conscious thought and holding control over all of your attention and focus.    To what end? Well some meditate in pursuit of enlightenment, some meditate as a mental health exercise, some meditate to try […]

09 February 2012 ~ 11 Comments

Going With the Flow and How I Lost My Appendix

TweetHey everybody! It’s certainly been a long time, too long in fact and I appologize for that.  Writers block can be a real pain What I’m going to discuss with you today does not have anything to do with Taoist philosophy directly, but rather my own life, what’s been happening in it, and the approach I’ve taken when […]

25 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Merry Christmas

TweetMerry Christmas to you all, I know it’s been a while since I’ve written anything new for this site, I’ve had to take a temporary hiatus for reasons I won’t bother boring you with here.  Please know I intend to start publishing content again at the start of 2012 and hope to put out content […]

26 November 2011 ~ 1 Comment


TweetI know it’s belated, and a few of my international readers might not celebrate, but Happy Thanksgiving to all you beautiful people.  I’m thankful to have an opportunity to write about a subject I’m passionate about and I’m thankful there’s even one person out there who takes the time to read whatever it is I […]