24.8.16

Bend the legs and don't look down.
"Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty."

23.8.16

Find firm ground and build your house. This for many is life – empire. But we Taoists know that unless there is also a contrary drift – a slippage back to ocean – life lacks balance, perspective and meaning. Never forget soul. It's as old as the hills, breathes with gills, and is most at home in nature.

originality takes refuge in a translucent emptiness
Sit still and listen. A skill that many lack. But without it the finer points of energy will never be appreciated.

22.8.16

Behavior, actions, decisions are largely governed by conformity: by a fearful need to keep an external value system intact. They keep the law; out of habit, duty, conscience, or for want of imagination, authenticity, individuality – spirit. Spirit is the devil in the detail – in the now – that breaks the law, which is why any system, of governance, values, or whatever, will always struggle to at least contain and subdue it if not eradicate it altogether.
"After the beheading, what is left on our shoulders? An innovative and enduring intuition."
Taiji softens the practitioner only if yielding is conceived, perceived and actualized as an act of compassion.

Behavior, actions, decisions are largely governed by conformity: by a fearful need to keep an external value system intact. They keep the law; out of habit, duty, conscience, or for want of imagination, authenticity, individuality – spirit. Spirit is the devil in the detail – in the now – that breaks the law, which is why any system, of governance, values, or whatever, will always struggle to at least contain and subdue it if not eradicate it altogether.
Break the rules but keep the faith.
To abide in the present, fully, the past must be remembered, recollected, recaptured, reawakened, otherwise there is no fullness, no wholeness, no peace. The enemy, if there is one, is resistance, repression, forgetfulness – whatever makes time chronological, linear. The present is not a tight infinitesimal point on an infinite line, but the presence of a past brought alive through awareness and respect, and the acceptance of a future without me. Things continue, life goes on, but I don't.

21.8.16

If when standing at the sink, or in line at the post office, or awaiting the bus, you have the presence of mind to bend the legs very slightly by breaking at the knees and especially the hips, and remember gravity streaming down through the body, then you are practising – you are meditating. If instead you lock out the legs so that the idle mind can comfortably absent itself and think about something else – daydream – then you are wasting valuable time.

20.8.16

Sense, meaning, and other attachments, are attempts to escape reality by creating a world.

18.8.16


Good character allows you to keep an even keel through thick or thin; allows you to be a good Taoist.
DO NO HARM BUT TAKE NO SHIT

Graffiti on the bus this morning.

16.8.16

"Music can teach you about life, about how to make passion and discipline co-exist."
The age of entitlement has gone, thank God. We are entitled to nothing: not health, not wealth, not love and not life. Everything must be earned, everything must be paid for. This is why character is all.