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  • William Edelen: Time and the River Flowing

    Taoism News
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Sitting by the River, surrounded by the beauty and magic of Oak Creek Canyon, in Sedona AZ, has been one of the most enduring Joys of my 92 years of life.
  • The World in My Cup

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    Some mornings, my cup seems to hold the whole world in its depths, and I fall in love with the tea and its cup, with this whole wide world and the deep blue space in which it floats, with the kitchen window and this tattered old life, all over again.  I sit down in front of the computer to write about the experience, and I simply can't get the words together to describe it, can manage a single inadequate paragraph, and that is all - a rapt little bowl of words to describe something vast and beautiful, something sentient and breathing and inexpressible.  Emaho!
  • Letting Go Now

    Personal Tao
    Casey Kochmer
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Feel your life for a moment. Are you ready to feel like this?   Look around at all the tension, all the people being polarized…. trying to be right. No one screaming their “right” is right at all… This is a sign of the times, of the change before the storms. The lesson from Taoism is this: It’s best to let go of the shit…long before it hits the fan.   *** Think about it. *** Instead of gearing up for a fight, for the end, for the “oh shit” moments… Let go, take a moment to rest in the sun, take some time to improve your life,…
  • Wrapped up in our gadgets

    A Quiet Watercourse
    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 […]
  • Just Camping

    Pondering the Myriad Things
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Yesterday, my sister and I were running together, down a lovely country road.  As always, we were talking as we ran, and we talked about how much we enjoyed camping.  We enjoyed many things about the camping, but most of all we enjoyed how when you're camping, you just do one thing at a time.  Make breakfast.  Eat breakfast.  Visit.  Play at the park.  Make a fire.  Sit by the fire.  You get the picture.  We were Just Camping.  It struck me today how much camping is like meditation, because meditation is Just Sitting.  Not thinking,…
 
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    Beyond the Fields We Know

  • The World in My Cup

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    Some mornings, my cup seems to hold the whole world in its depths, and I fall in love with the tea and its cup, with this whole wide world and the deep blue space in which it floats, with the kitchen window and this tattered old life, all over again.  I sit down in front of the computer to write about the experience, and I simply can't get the words together to describe it, can manage a single inadequate paragraph, and that is all - a rapt little bowl of words to describe something vast and beautiful, something sentient and breathing and inexpressible.  Emaho!
  • Sunday - Saying Yes to the World

    27 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the…
  • Three Susans

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Friday Ramble - Tattered

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Tattered hails from the Middle English tater and old Norse tǫturr meaning rag or shred, and both forms are cognate with the old English tætteca meaning more or less the same thing.  Almost every culture on the planet lays claim to something like this week's word - Low German has its tater, Old High German has zaeter, and the Icelandic form is töturr.  Once a noun, tatter seldom makes an appearance in present day parlance as such, and we prefer to use the past participle form with its implied verb.To be tattered is to be frayed, shabby and dilapidated, threadbare, all patches…
  • Thursday Poem - Atavism

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    1Sometimes in the open you look upwhere birds go by, or just nothing,and wait. A dim feeling comes you were like this once, there was air,and quiet; it was by a lake, ormaybe a river you were alertas an otter and were suddenly bornlike the evening star into widestill worlds like this one you have foundagain, for a moment, in the open.2Something is being told in the woods: aisles ofshadow lead away; a branch waves;a pencil of sunlight slowly travels itspath. A withheld presence almostspeaks, but then retreats, rustlesa patch of brush. You can feelthe centuries ripple generationsof wandering,…
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  • Letting Go Now

    Casey Kochmer
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Feel your life for a moment. Are you ready to feel like this?   Look around at all the tension, all the people being polarized…. trying to be right. No one screaming their “right” is right at all… This is a sign of the times, of the change before the storms. The lesson from Taoism is this: It’s best to let go of the shit…long before it hits the fan.   *** Think about it. *** Instead of gearing up for a fight, for the end, for the “oh shit” moments… Let go, take a moment to rest in the sun, take some time to improve your life,…
  • Polishing Our Inner Story

    Casey Kochmer
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Don’t take answers to be held inside as a truth… Take answers inward to reflect against your own ideals: -> To help polish your personal stories to be bright and reflective of your own inner nature.   Working with Your Inner Story Keep your life story simple, by not trying to only live one story. Understand you have an inner story, that is all yours and goes beyond words. Then you have the stories that are shared with others: Mother, father, son, worker, artist and all so many stories to hold and describe neatly with our words and actions. Don’t try to use only words to…
  • Hold Each Other Warmly

    Casey Kochmer
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:56 pm
    More and more it feels like we , as a culture, as communities and as individuals are moving in between a dozen different realities all trying to be “The New Reality”. Looking at people in the street you can see in their essence, Magical creatures wanting to fly out and be alive. People not wanting to be shaped by only the job they do or prejudice of others. And yet: all around the world governments , corporations and major religions are doing their hardest to kick people back to the curb, to keep them living in fear as a hurt human being. And so you also see people in fear rushing…
  • Your Decade is Now

    Casey Kochmer
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    How we define ourselves is a collage of many viewpoints and experiences. All too often in our stories, we wait for a plot line or look for our inspiration to come from the outside. Inspiration in action always flows outward from your own inner well spring of spirit.  To drink inspiration from outside sources is to leave yourself high and dry later when you are on your own again. To wait for permission to act normal, is to go stale and to never break out of established rules. To live -> is to experience your actions. Sadly many people merely only consume experiences, which leaves behind no…
  • ism is all about your path.

    Casey Kochmer
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:19 pm
    To learn Tao ism: is to listen to the world itself. Zen isn’t Tao ism but the two traditions walk along a similar path. The lessons for Tao ism are all around you. Yes at times a teacher like myself will help a person when they stumble or are confused. Always remember, teachers are optional, the world is always present for us to work against. All too often people get lost within teachings simply because they allow the teachings of the “ism” to over ride the connection to the world itself. All too often in being literal, a person will let ancient disconnected and dusty words…
 
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    A Quiet Watercourse

  • 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 […]
  • Is it healthy?

    Richard
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I bought a men’s magazine this week. It’s a health related one, which I’ve not read for nearly 10 years. I noticed immediately, it’s thinner than I remember; not unexpected in the digital age, I’ve seen several magazines go this way. It usually doesn’t end well for them. I read through it and, I immediately […]
  • Walking the road away from Big Data

    Richard
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Over the months since the initial Edward Snowden revelations, I’ve been keeping an eye on the big tech companies. I’d hoped to see some kind of gesture here, but it seems to have been a case of completely failing to learn the lessons. Instead we’ve seen denial, misdirection and media spin. In a recent speech […]
  • Knowing the Path

    Richard
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Recently, I was browsing through some torrent sites. It’s a truth of life in the UK that the various attempts at filtering things are ineffective, for all the government might try. Of course my own views on this are that it’s Orwellian, but more of that another time. So, there I was looking at the […]
  • The View from the Roadside

    Richard
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    A week or two ago I had the opportunity to travel to Yorkshire. I wasn’t there long, and the purpose and hurried nature of the trip made me think back to the novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It also evoked a feeling that’s been creeping over me for quite some time, which […]
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    Pondering the Myriad Things

  • Just Camping

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Yesterday, my sister and I were running together, down a lovely country road.  As always, we were talking as we ran, and we talked about how much we enjoyed camping.  We enjoyed many things about the camping, but most of all we enjoyed how when you're camping, you just do one thing at a time.  Make breakfast.  Eat breakfast.  Visit.  Play at the park.  Make a fire.  Sit by the fire.  You get the picture.  We were Just Camping.  It struck me today how much camping is like meditation, because meditation is Just Sitting.  Not thinking,…
  • Impermanence

    1 Sep 2013 | 8:10 pm
    Since my dad died, I think a lot about impermanence.  I think about small impermanences, like my breath that comes and goes every second, and big impermanences, like other people I love dying, or me dying one day, or 'the end of the world as we know it.'  And everything inbetween.  I've become a lot more at ease with small and medium impermanences, and I've gotten a lot better at appreciating things for how they are right now, even the things I don't like so much.  Because I know they won't be like this/that forever.  Maybe not even for today. I'm getting better at…
  • It's been a while...

    31 May 2013 | 10:04 pm
    Well, hello there.  It's been a long while since I've posted.  A lot has happened since my last post, way back in November 2010.  Since then, I've been trying to do things more than write about things.  I've been eating more mindfully, and running more regularly.  I've managed to keep off almost all of the 40 pounds I lost through mindful and balanced intake of calories and output of engery.  I ran some 5K races, and a few 10Ks.  Life was good. Then came the year of 2012.  It started off well, with a nice trip to a southern location, for some rest and…
  • Waiting

    28 Nov 2010 | 7:52 am
    It's nearly Winter again and so we've been firing up the woodstove regularly. I really like lighting the fire, and doing so when there are still some embers from the night before has been a good exercise in the benefits of waiting. It can be tempting to throw a match in there or use the butane lighter, but more and more I like to just lay the wood on top of the embers, sit back and wait. I'm trying to do that more in life as well: set the proper conditions and then wait for the results in Nature's good time.
  • Mindful eating - revisited

    31 Aug 2010 | 11:34 am
    I have struggled for a long time with my eating habits. I have gone from whining in my head (and sometimes outloud) about 'how come other people can eat whatever they want?' to blaming western society in general for unrealistic body expectations, to saying, 'what the heck' and eating whatever I want, whenever I want, and then getting angry and belittling myself for not having the will power to eat less and exercise more. I've also found it maddening that I've been able to cut back consumption in other areas of my life, but not in the food area. I've blogged about that frustration before.I've…
 
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  • Is it possible for energy work to cause blockages and do harm?

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    I've been struggling with terrible insomnia, digestive problems and a general feeling of energy being trapped in my body for the last 5 years.This was a result of me doing EFT tapping.   Is it possible for therapies that work with Energy to cause blockages?   It feels like my thought energy has been trapped in my body, so I don't know if it is a blockage or if the energy has been transformed from one form to another.    I guess what i'm asking is if a problem has been caused by energy medicine is it possible to reverse or change it? Feels pretty permanent to me and I'm…
  • Turning the Light Around

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    This has been mentioned numerous times here. The following pdf that I found goes at the issue numerous times with different wording. Perhaps it will make the idea a little clearer for someone. Enjoy.   http://sczc.org/PDFs/DharmaStudy/TurningtheLightAroundandShiningBack.pdf  
  • altered state/'inception'/psychotic episode/'qlippothic tunnel'

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    i'm posting this in hopes of gaining a more thorough understanding of what happened to me a few months ago that i am still recovering from.      the duration of this episode was a few months give or take (3-4 maybe more)   whenever i was in public either alone or with company, A LOT of the people around me would look at me and stare. i would be walking on the sidewalks and often they would slow down or speed up to where i was standing/walking. i call this episode 'inception' because one day when walking around town with an old acquaintance he noticed that many of the…
  • text deleted from posting smilie

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Only sometimes.   I post a smilie, the page jumps and paragraph I was writing disappears!   Very annoying !  How do I get it back and how do I stop it happening?
  • Japanese Death Poems

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Found and purchased this unique (to me, anyway) book last p.m.:   http://tinyurl.com/mgqoeem    
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  • What are those benevolent and sparkling spine-tingling/shivering feelings REALLY about?

    Dr Glen Hepker
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Why would I address this? Please check it out and share your thoughts (and just to be certain, I am NOT in any way referring to anything sexual). And PLEASE know that the spirit of this commentary is in NO WAY elitist or to purposely/blindly speak of things ‘out in left field,’ or ANY such thing. I am setting this forth in a benevolent spirit of humility and respect (AND another ‘please,’ i.e., know that it is quite clear that the concepts herein are not in any way a broad part of our Western culture). In the Far East, what I am speaking to is coined chi/qi (in China), ki (in…
  • Poor Company

    dmarshall58
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    You are the saint of enclosure and, in the blue balloon of a summer sky, you are shadow, a house to lock dark in, a cave to imprison the last surviving ice. Your cathedral is exhalation, your altar the piled prose of ownership, and each idea you’ve claimed wallows in loss. Night won’t relieve you, nor will dawn. Birds swerve to miss your eyes, their songs bent by departing winds to find heaven elsewhere.
  • Morning becomes eclectic....

    gigoid
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Ffolkes, Dharma: What is the greatest mystery of all? Yudishthira: That each day, death walks the earth, and we continue to live as though we were immortal.  – The Bhagvad Gita A while back, I posted another picture much like this one, both of which were taken somewhere on the Irish Sea. One was taken at sunrise, one at sunset, but, for the life of me, I can’t tell which is which, as they both appear to be capable of passing as either one….. I’m ALMOST sure this one was taken in the morning, but, since I can’t be sure, I’m not going to commit myself one…
  • ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TAOISM (PRIVATE MINI NOTES): Jīndān 金丹 Golden Elixir

    sriyantramaster
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    The best quotation from the current encyclopedia entry I’d like to share was written by the editor, Fabrizio Pregadio: “Modern studies usually refer to the Chinese arts of the elixirs as waidan (external alchemy) or neidan (inner alchemy), but the authors of the alchemical texts often call their tradition the Way of the Golden Elixir (jīndān zhī dào 金丹之道). Gold (jīn 金) represents the state of constancy and immutability beyond the change and transiency that characterize the manifested world. As for dān 丹, or “elixir,” lexical analysis shows that the semantic…
  • Strategy Number Two - Mindfulness

    The Dixie Taoist
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Strategy Number Two – Mindfulness, Strategy: Wake up, Stay awake and pay attention. Application: Meditation does not end when you open your eyes. We must pay attention to our state of mind and return to the true self (self awareness) and not become lost in ego and distraction. Tao Te Ching, Chapter 10 “In holding the soul and embracing oneness Can one be steadfast, without straying?” In the first strategy, one learns to wake up and become self aware as the true self. In strategy number two we must learn to not stray too far from our true self and oneness with virtue. Self aware, we…
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  • 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…
  • Finally published: Walking the Talk: Engaging the Public to Build a Sustainable World

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I have finally published the book I've been working on for the past five years. It is for sale at SmashWords, Kobo and Kobo affiliated distributers (such as Chapters/Indigo.) I've decided to not publish on Amazon for various reasons (my understanding is that the company is not the best corporate citizen.) If you have a Kindle, you can download a copy that will be compatible with that device (mobi files) from Smashwords. If you aren't sure that you want to buy a copy right away, but are interested, you can download the first 20% from SmashWords just to see what it's like.
  • Journalists and Global Warming

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    28 May 2014 | 9:33 am
    (Howdy readers.  I've spend the last two years away from this blog working on my book, Walking the Talk:  engaging the public to build a sustainable world.   Since then I've started working on smaller projects.  Here's the latest one.  It is a response to all the jackass reporters that I've talked to over the years who seem to think that their paper should give equal time to climate change deniers.  The original piece has a lot of footnotes, most of which I haven't bothered to make into hypertext links on this posting.  If anyone is interested in seeing…
  • Acceptance

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    16 May 2014 | 8:55 am
    I've been working on my book for the last while, which is why I haven't been making any posts.  But it's "in the can" now, awaiting art work.  When that is finished, I plan on publishing it myself on the Kobo website.  It's title is Walking the Talk:  Engaging the Public to Build a Sustainable World.  Eventually, I will have to start publicizing it, which will involve a note on this blog. %%%%Right now I'm sitting at the dining room table of my wife and mother-in-law's home in St. Louis.  I'd been looking forward to this visit for a long time.
 
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  • Scattered Life Collective: July 25

    amy
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    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: 2:52 PM on Friday, July 25th on the menu:  Hunan Tofu at the Asian Bistro – yum! In general, mostly vegan dishes these days and trying to get rid of most of the sugar in my diet as well. out the window: GREEN. Summer is in full swing and I love it! Right this moment, I am sitting at the library against a huge window. It’s a bit cloudy…
  • I Ching Hexagram #10: Treading Carefully

    amy
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Me & Eric at the waterfalls in Puerto Rico   If I think of the I Ching as an entity, it should not surprise me how each time I focus on a hexagram it has a perfect relevance to my daily life. Isn’t this how it is supposed to be? In this tenth hexagram of the I Ching, we are focused on the relationship of the father to his younger daughter. I say “younger” because, although I am not the youngest daughter, I am a younger daughter being the third born of four girls in our family. Last weekend, I got to spend some time with my Dad which is always wonderful. He lives far…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 57

    amy
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 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…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 56

    amy
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 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 #9: Small Accumulation

    amy
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Rice Fields This hexagram is all about the little things. I loved what Hua Ching Ni wrote about this hexagram, “One has to practice the healthy way daily and unconditionally. Without daily practice, the little progress one makes will quickly wither away.” I often find while studying these hexagrams that the one that is most relevant to me shows up on that day.  “Withering away” perfectly described my blog, my writing, my studies of the I Ching… lots of things in my life. Consistency can be a bit of a thorn in my side sometimes. But I have learned to appreciate…
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