Monthly Archives: February 2009

Times Like These…

It can be painful and self-destructive to closely monitor the wreckage that is the current (world) economy. Fear of the future, distrust of “leadership”, evaporation of assets and blind partisanship are stifling, immobilizing and non-productive.  Making ends meet becomes a challenge for those already living on the edge.

Social pressures from those promiscuous temptresses “Credit” and “Marketing” , encouraged indesciminate spending for things we NEED; and now for many the chickens have come home to roost.

It’s going to be rough going for awhile and lives will most definitely be affected.  From 20 centuries ago, these 3 verses from the Tao speak profoundly to these times….. 

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Do you want to improve the world?
I don’t think it can be done.
The world is sacred.
It can’t be improved.
If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.

There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.

The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.

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The great Way is easy,
yet people prefer the side paths.
Be aware when things are out of balance.
Stay centered within the Tao.

When rich speculators prosper
While farmers lose their land;
when government officials spend money
on weapons instead of cures;
when the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible
while the poor have nowhere to turn-
all this is robbery and chaos.
It is not in keeping with the Tao.

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For governing a country well
there is nothing better than moderation.

The mark of a moderate man
is freedom from his own ideas.
Tolerant like the sky,
all-pervading like sunlight,
firm like a mountain,
supple like a tree in the wind,
he has no destination in view
and makes use of anything
life happens to bring his way.

Nothing is impossible for him.
Because he has let go,
he can care for the people’s welfare
as a mother cares for her child.

Verse 20

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Stop thinking, and end your problems.
What difference between yes and no?
What difference between success and failure?
Must you value what others value,
avoid what others avoid?
How ridiculous!

Other people are excited,
as though they were at a parade.
I alone don’t care,
I alone am expressionless,
like an infant before it can smile.

Other people have what they need;
I alone possess nothing.
I alone drift about,
like someone without a home.
I am like an idiot, my mind is so empty.

Other people are bright;
I alone am dark.
Other people are sharper;
I alone am dull.
Other people have a purpose;
I alone don’t know.
I drift like a wave on the ocean,
I blow as aimless as the wind.

I am different from ordinary people.
I drink from the Great Mother’s breasts.

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a belated Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day slips by pretty easily (and cheaply?) when you’re flyin’ solo. Imagine how it could be… 

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“Somewhere in Time”

One of the most romantic movies of all time.

Who would not want to experience it this way?

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“The man of my dreams is almost faded, now. The one I have created in my mind. The sort of man, each woman dreams of in the most secret and deepest part of her heart. I could almost see him now before me.

What would I say to him if he were really here? Forgive me, I’ve never known this feeling. I’ve lived without it all my life. Is it any wonder that I fail to recognize it?

You brought it to me for the first time. Is there any way I can tell you how my life has changed? Any way at all, to let you know what sweetness you have given me?

There’s so much to say…and I can’t find the words…except for these…I love you. That is what I would say to him… if he were really here”

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Spring Cleaning

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I just finished cleaning up my blog, and what a relief. I deleted all the videos that were no longer working because of legal issues with youtube. I deleted the posts that I thought were vitriolic, negative and insensitive. It feels really refreshing to have done that. Of course, this blog is now even more boring than it used to be (never thought I could pull that off). But where we once dragged alot of dead weight against the current, we’re now in our Speedos and gliding through the waters softly…oh, sorry for THAT visual.

Verse 78 (Stephen Mitchell translation)

Nothing in the world
is as soft and yielding as water.
Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible,
nothing can surpass it.

The soft overcomes the hard;
the gentle overcomes the rigid.
Everyone knows this is true,
but few can put it into practice.

Therefore the Master remains
serene in the midst of sorrow.
Evil cannot enter his heart.
Because he has given up helping,
he is people’s greatest help.

True words seem paradoxical.

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Today’s News

Wow, one look at the MSN front page shows it is most definitely NOT a slow news day.

Not sure which is bigger:

Tornado kills 8

20 dead as Taliban storms ministry

Peanut plant owner refuses to testify

Israel in limbo after election

Merril Lynch execs gets $3.2 BILIION in bonuses days before buy-out

7.0 Earthquake hits Indonesia

Favre retires (again)!

It’s easy (for me) to get sidetracked and start absorbing all these events. Thankfully as of late I have been able to self-monitor and not become obsessed with the events of the day. The affects of giving so much attention to the negative are damaging to day-to-day life. 

Verse 8,  translated another way…..

Behind me are tall mountain peaks. Behind you is a valley river. The water makes its way from the sky to the peaks. The peaks to the river. Along its journey, a doe will sip from it. A tree will sink its roots into it. A murderer will wash the blood from his hands in it. The water does not care. This is like the Tao. Keep to the simple in thought, in work, in pleasure, in living. When you are content like the river, you will have admiration. But that does not matter.