We learn from Oriental thought that those divine influences are, in fact, the environment in which we are. A sober and quiet mind is one in which the ego does not obstruct the fluency of things that come in through the senses and up through one’s dreams. Our business in living is to become fluent with the life we are living, and art can help this. ---John Gage
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Days begin and end in the dead of night.
They are not shaped long, in the manner of things which lead to
end----arrow, road, man’s life on earth. They are shaped
round, in the manner of things eternal and stable----sun, world, God.
Civilization tries to persuade us we are going towards
something, a distant goal. We have forgotten that our only goal is to
live, to live each and every day, and that if we live each and
every day, our true goal is achieved. All civilized people see the day
beginning at dawn or a little after or a long time after or
whatever time their work begins; this they lengthen according to
their work, during what they call ‘all day long’; and end it
when they close their eyes. It is they who say the days are long.
On the contrary, the days are round.
Jean Giono, ‘Rondeur des Jours’ (1943)
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
One path to happiness is to cease worrying about things which are beyond our control and, with the exception of our mind, perhaps everything is. Therefore, employ the mind to think good thoughts, always on the ready to find the answer in things, the reason for them, and happiness will follow as sure as your shadow.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tao is at once the universal pageant of the constellations and the budding of each new leaf in the spring.
It is the constant round of life and death and all that falls between.
It resides in us as we reside in it.
It is the source as well as the end of our being.
It neither judges nor condemns but continually blesses, in all moments, an unending cycle of change and renewal.
It is a belief in life, a belief in the glorious procession of each unfolding moment.
It is a deeply spiritual but decidedly non-religious way of life.
It involves introspection, balance, emotional and spiritual independence and responsibility and a deep awareness and connection to the Earth and all other life forms.
It requires an understanding of how energy works in the body and how to treat illness in a safe, non-invasive way while teaching practical ways of maintaining health and avoiding disease and discomfort.
Taoist meditation techniques help the practitioner enter deeper or more expansive levels of wakefulness and inner strength.
But most of all it is a simple, natural, practical way of being in our bodies and our psyches and sharing that being with all other life forms we come into contact with.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The world is becoming a better place. I have been here in this world for a little over 60 years so I am using my own experience and observations as a basis for this assertion. I am also a student of history and am using my knowledge of what came before as further support for this thesis: The world is becoming a better place.