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  • A Daoist Take on the Race Riots in Ferguson Missouri

    Diary of a Daoist Hermit
    The Cloudwalking Owl
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    I've been following the events at Ferguson Missouri with especial interest as the events are taking place close to my dear and beloved wife, who lives in metropolitan St. Louis.  There seems to be a consensus emerging that something really wrong is going on in that part of the US, but what exactly seems to be somewhat vague. Much of the concern seems to be directed at police brutality and the militarization of the police.  But as an outsider who has developed a cursory familiarity with the area, I think that people should understand that the St. Louis area suffers deeply from racial…
  • Paths of the Spirit: Choosing between commitment and rejection

    Taoism News
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    Jesus leaps off the pages of the gospel as many different persons, just as we all appear to others.
  • Wordless Wednesday - Harvest Within

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
  • Graceful Aging

    Personal Tao
    Casey Kochmer
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The best thing about hitting 50 as a Taoist… I finally now have crossed the line into being a teenager. Nothing like teaching a practice that feels everyone should shoot for 150. I am a 1/3rd of the way there! Woo hoo I am a teenager now! Still time to play! We approach aging in Taoism… as a reflection of one’s maturity and ability to see the universe with less obstructions… The label of being called an adult is not a final marker to a Taoist. Age represents a series of many changes. Every 7 to 9 years we evolve into a new story to hold. Aging as a process does…
  • What’s the point?

    A Quiet Watercourse
    Richard
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In response to one of my posts, a commenter suggested a few weeks ago that there was no point to the world. I stopped to think about this a bit more and realised that this isn’t really true. The answer is very Taoist. In the Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff takes some time to make […]
 
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    Beyond the Fields We Know

  • Wordless Wednesday - Harvest Within

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
  • Going, going, gone too soon...

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:48 am
    It's the last Tuesday in August, and dismayed, I ask myself where summer has gone, or rather where it is going to so swiftly.  This sweet and shaggy month is almost over, and its last dusty, golden days are something special, something to be cherished and carefully committed to memory. As in other years, whole forests of frowsy clover are in bloom, and waist high stands of Goldenrod and Queen Anne's Lace buzz with intoxicated bumblebees.  Wildflowers sometimes wear fritillary crowns and most are sporting grasshopper brooches. We haunt windy fields looking for Monarch butterflies and…
  • Sunlight and Turning Maples

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
  • Sunday - Saying Yes to the World

    24 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Not just animals and plants, then, but tumbling waterfalls and dry riverbeds, gusts of wind, compost piles and cumulus clouds, freshly painted houses (as well as houses abandoned and sometimes haunted), rusting automobiles, feathers, granite cliffs and grains of sand, tax forms, dormant volcanoes, bays and bayous made wretched by pollutants, snowdrifts, shed antlers, diamonds, and daikon radishes, all are expressive, sometimes eloquent and hence participant in the mystery of language. Our own chatter erupts in response to the abundant articulations of the world: human speech is simply our…
  • Bird on the Wire

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus) (immature) 
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    Personal Tao

  • Graceful Aging

    Casey Kochmer
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The best thing about hitting 50 as a Taoist… I finally now have crossed the line into being a teenager. Nothing like teaching a practice that feels everyone should shoot for 150. I am a 1/3rd of the way there! Woo hoo I am a teenager now! Still time to play! We approach aging in Taoism… as a reflection of one’s maturity and ability to see the universe with less obstructions… The label of being called an adult is not a final marker to a Taoist. Age represents a series of many changes. Every 7 to 9 years we evolve into a new story to hold. Aging as a process does…
  • Hard Relationship Lesson #4

    Casey Kochmer
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    A hard truth for some in a relationship is this: The lesson isn’t always about how to stay together. For some the lesson is about what we learn from breaking up. In many cases we need to grow and expand against our weaknesses. Often times it’s the breaking up that serves as the fuel and material to learn against. A break up is also the chance to improve oneself within the quest of becoming a more complete person. People all too often focus in finding completion within another. Unfortunately, more times than not, it’s the breaking apart that teaches us to be stronger and also…
  • Wholeness

    Casey Kochmer
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
    I teach people how find wholeness within the patterns of life around them. To flow with the patterns in a way, not to get swept away, but rather to reinforce your essence and heart. Rumi illustrates wholeness nicely: To accept our inner nature is connected to the whole of the universe, is to understand and then balance between being unique and being connected to everything. Wholeness is to balance between our nature of being both unique and connected to the universe. It then becomes a dance between the moments expressing uniqueness as “I”, the moments to embrace with what is…
  • Lessons from Iselle

    Casey Kochmer
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    We just came out from Hurricane Iselle last week. Everything is good. Around the island we are picking up and helping each other as we can. Here is some footage a few days after Iselle’s landfall on the Big Island where I live. This is south of us where the storm hit hardest. Where we live, in Hilo, the damage was very mild. Around the world, this is part of the new normal. We can be talking about the fires in the north, the droughts, the storms, the changing landscape of disease transmission like Ebola, larger scale earthquakes..etc. This is not something to be powerless against, these…
  • Free Yourself and Release Judgment

    Casey Kochmer
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    With judgement, you have only two answers: Guilty or not guilty…. Yes or no. In Taoism we know there is always a third answer: Release! You can walk away, Start fresh, -> To Let go of the whole question and make your own answer! <- Release judgment to discover how to go beyond being stuck. The third answer of “Release” opens a whole world of additional answers to follow with your heart, your steps and life. These are great times, if you make them so. But you need to release judgement in order to make the first step into *Great Times* The one thing I want to help…
 
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    A Quiet Watercourse

  • What’s the point?

    Richard
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In response to one of my posts, a commenter suggested a few weeks ago that there was no point to the world. I stopped to think about this a bit more and realised that this isn’t really true. The answer is very Taoist. In the Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff takes some time to make […]
  • The long and winding stream

    Richard
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In my previous couple of posts I used the very Taoist analogy of a watercourse; given the blog’s title that shouldn’t be a surprise. I spent a bit of time recently poking through various “life hacking” websites. Granted, you can pick up tips, but I’m having a feeling creep over me that the better word […]
  • The Darker Scenery

    Richard
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I took up Yoga some weeks ago, it’s certainly a different beast to the things I’ve done before. It’s certainly powerful and I do recommend it. One of the things I noticed is the difference it makes to the practise when you take mental baggage into the class. The stresses of a difficult day might […]
  • A Spiritual Pit

    Richard
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is something that is quite close to my heart. While browsing Reddit the other day, I came across an article on the dark side of meditation. Now, this is something that I had talked about some years ago, well prior to rebooting my blog. It’s something I came across when I realised that my […]
  • Wrapped up in our gadgets

    Richard
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’ve gotten into the habit of exploring local nature reserves and parks. It’s good exercise and it gets you away from the city streets and traffic for a little while. While I was walking in one of them, a jogger ran past me, she had her earphones in and was in a world of her […]
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  • Spinal breath and sushumna

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Found this here 'http://www.swamij.com/bindu.htm' and thought I would share it with you. From what I have read there is some well written in depth info here. : Spinal breath and sushumna: One of the simplest of all methods to purify the chakras and open sushumna is the spinal breath practice. While the Bhuta Shuddhi exercise presented above is very useful, this spinal breath practice is very straightforward and does not require memorizing any steps or relationships with the chakras (the two practices are quite compatible, and both can be done). This practice is so utterly simple that it seems…
  • Chat room

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    I need help! Why can't I go to the chat room? Every time I go to the chat room it Saids, oops something went wrong. You do not have access to our chat room.  Ummm why? Help?
  • Hello Everyone

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Hello,   I am a Buddhist in the Soto Zen tradition, and I've come to believe that oftentimes Taoists can cut right to the heart of the matter in a way that Zen folk sometimes can't because in Zen there can be a certain amount of bickering over minutae while missing the over-arching picture.   I'm kind of a bad Buddhist.   I've also gone back to school after a while out of it to finish my degree in international relations.  After that, I'm considering either an MA in conflict resolution and peacekeeping, or an MBA in finance because bills are a thing.   I've admired…
  • Hey there

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    My name is Rokomo. Today I wasted to much energy, and I was feeling all tired and lacking in concentration power. I googled sperm and sexual energy and I some how found myself to this site via a comment on an article about sexual energy transmutation. I need to get better at controlling these urges.  I feel that the powers that rule the world want to keep a large majority of men docile and weak through practice of ejaculating that life force. I do not know how to stop... I have tried countless times, but I just end up doing it again.... It is an addiction that eats away my soul. Sigh...
  • Windows 8.1

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I still have not figured out the problem:  I cannot copy/paste or quote posts.   Any suggestions would be appreciated.  
 
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  • Snuff Bottle - 8 Treasures

    spike
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    W45xD45xH75mm, China A snuff bottle decorated with 8 treasures used by the Taoisit 8 Immortals, “An Ba Xian”. Gourd – Iron Crutch Li Fan – Han Zhong Li Fish Drum – Elder Zheng Guo Sword – Lu Dong Bin Lotus – He Xian Gu Basket of Flower – Lan Cai He Flute – Philosopher Han Xiang Zi Castanet – Royal Uncle Cao These 8 treasures have special powers; Gourd – saving the world Fan – resurrection Fish Drum – prediction Sword – keep evil at bay Lotus – purification of the soul Basket of Flower – direct…
  • In my left ear, sir....

    gigoid
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Ffolkes, Pearls should… Long, deep thoughts always bring truth to the eyes of man, and light into dark. ~~ gigoid ~~     Today’s Pearl will be, to some extent, similar to the above picture, in that, the participants of the activity recorded are having as much, or more, fun, than those who are observing and recording…. Now, it’s true, such a statement only takes into account such factors as how much fun it is to watch others work, how much the elephant enjoys being sprayed, but, has no clue as to whether or not the guy washing the beast is gay, straight, or…
  • Nameless Way 17

    Linuxgal
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Those of the Golden Age were receptive to the nameless way Those of the Age of Silver endorsed it Those of the Bronze Age looked for it Those of the Age of Steel ignore it If your actions lack integrity no one will believe your words Let your words be in short supply and they will be in high demand When others are trumpeting the sage’s deeds as their own, the sage remains silent, and lets her deeds speak praises of her. “Why are you a woman of so few words, Xena?” “Your chatter flows from your nature, Gabhopper, but the silence of a warrioress flows from her…
  • When You’ve Got To Read It – But You Don’t Want To

    sjpowers
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Compliments of Guest Blogger, Richard Shandross I would venture a guess that, like me, you have a lot of things going on in your life and work. A lot of things. Sometimes our obligations involve reading things that – just right now – we don’t really want to read. For me, it can be a report, a submission that came back highly edited, the text of a government regulation – the list goes on – which would be welcome at another time. But at this moment there are too many other things on my mind, other things I have to get done. Let’s face it: it can be a pain to switch gears on…
  • The New Health Science (Part 3)

    breathofqi
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    For Part 2, check out The New Health Science (Part 2) Yin and Yang and the Five Elements Theory. While these often cited principles of yin and yang are widely known, less known is their origin or true meaning. The symbols of yin and yang have their roots in the cosmic order of qi, which finds its expression to us in the natural world on Earth. Chinese philosophers as well as practitioners of TCM and martial arts explain the ideas of yin and yang in relation to the universe, “[The universe is] composed of yin and yang, the constant movement of which was responsible for the existence of…
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    Diary of a Daoist Hermit

  • A Daoist Take on the Race Riots in Ferguson Missouri

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    I've been following the events at Ferguson Missouri with especial interest as the events are taking place close to my dear and beloved wife, who lives in metropolitan St. Louis.  There seems to be a consensus emerging that something really wrong is going on in that part of the US, but what exactly seems to be somewhat vague. Much of the concern seems to be directed at police brutality and the militarization of the police.  But as an outsider who has developed a cursory familiarity with the area, I think that people should understand that the St. Louis area suffers deeply from racial…
  • That Elusive Feeling of "Oneness"

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    I've been walking around in a vague sense of funk lately.  I have had a hard time identifying why, but several very different things have made me depressed. First of all, I am somewhat upset about the huge amount of effort that I am having to put into marketing my book.  Everything I've read says that it is more work selling a book than writing it, and it is certainly the case that I've had to go through a big learning curve as I figured out how to format it, register it so I could get an ISBN (International Standard Book Number), register a copy with the National Archives, get an…
  • What is a Martial Art?

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    I have some tracking software on this blog that allows me to understand which posts bring the most traffic.  I've been surprised to see that a few posts that I made years ago totally swamp all the others in popularity.  Those are the ones about how I got involved in Daoism in the first place.  And of those, the discussion focuses repeatedly on the Taoist Tai Chi Society (TTCS) and Moy Lin Shin. I suppose that this makes sense, given that the TTCS is a huge organization with affiliated schools and temples all over the world.  But in the on-going discussion that takes place…
  • The Ability to Communicate

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I recently got embroiled in a stupid argument with some neo-cons on a local newspaper's discussion board.  It was about a lawsuit that the municipality recently lost with a construction company about building a new City Hall. I made a mistake by confusing a figure ($20 million) that was being thrown around with regard to the suit.  The company asked for that as a settlement.  I assumed that this was for damages, whereas it appears to be a payment that the city refused to pay once it severed its contract. To a large extent, the reason why I made the mistake was because of the…
  • The Individual Versus the Collective

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    I've finally published my book, so I think it's time I got back to blogging for a while. %%%%I've just finished reading a couple very interesting books that catalogue various insights from modern psychological research and how they impact society at large.  The first one was The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker.  The second was Evolution 2.0, by Joseph Heath. What is fascinating about both books is the way they encourage the reader to break down the Cartesian idea that human beings exist as individual, discrete entities who influence the world around them but are…
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    Tao Te Ching Daily

  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 62

    amy
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com! Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this… Here is How it Works I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to…
  • Scattered Life Collective: Aug. 22nd

    amy
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    This post was inspired by a blogging adventure  called Scattered Life Collective by Cynthia Lee. It’s a great series and I hope that you will check out the rest of the participants and perhaps even join us! ——- current time:  6:28 AM. on the menu:  just my morning cuppa joe. I have several bits of leftovers in the fridge that really should be eaten sometime, so I guess they would be on my menu for this weekend! out the window: In this case, I should say IN the window because I am sitting outside. Crickets chirping, but otherwise oddly quiet. The air is thick with…
  • T Stands for Tuesday: A Peek into My Morning

    amy
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    Good morning, everyone. This morning, I am catching up with my blogging community and I came across this post by my friend, Deborah Weber. In it, she mentioned a T Stands for Tuesday challenge (with Mr. Linky – who doesn’t love those?) where people are sharing what seems to be a bit about their food life… or their tea. Not sure which. So just a quick hello, to join in, and a photo of my morning coffee. Hi there, Owl Mug… my daughter gave me that mug for my birthday one year. It’s a favorite. I love owls. Coffee: A heavier blend – the thicker the better but…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 61

    amy
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com! Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this… Here is How it Works I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to…
  • I Ching Hexagram #11: Prospering

    amy
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wikipedia image As I read the chapters for this latest hexagram, #11, I was in a bit of a funk so the words “prospering” didn’t seem to fit. In their magical way, they always do though. This 11th hexagram is an image of Heaven below Earth. Heaven energy tends to flow upward and Earth energy tends to flow downward, which makes this combination very well mixed. When things are balanced like they are in this hexagram, life is smooth and wrinkle-free. But we know that life isn’t always like that, right? There are times in life when we need an extra hand. In this hexagram,…
 
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