Monday, February 11, 2019

The Ocean in One Drop

“So many of us are afraid of meeting ourselves, alone, without distraction.  
We have been taught to fashion an image of 
who we think we are supposed to be and show that to the world.”  
--Dawna Markova in I Will Not Die an Unlived Life, pg 22

We avoid ourselves at our own peril and to the detriment of a life well-lived with utmost fulfillment and healthier relationships.  Our constant states of distraction with the world and the people around us on social media, television, and computer screens drain and rob us of awareness, presence, and wholehearted satisfaction. 

Instead of creating our own inspiring, heroic life stories, we try to wear the stories of others and dress in ill-fitting garments which do not accurately represent who we are now and are still meant to be.  Little by little, we become strangers to the very personal essence of “who I am” and even come to develop fear and phobia of finding ourselves alone with our own company.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Walking My Way - Lines 1-2

A couple of months ago, I came across a most beautiful book titled Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching by Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum.  The book is the author's rendering of the Tao Te Ching: an ancient Chinese text attributed to a sage by the name of Lao Tzu and providing a foundation to Taoism.

The words shared in this book by Rosenbaum are so rich and full of meaning that I find myself hardly moving forward in the book.  I pick up the book and savor some of the text, think about it, and write my thoughts.  When I return later, I go back again to what I've already read and written and read it all over again, think about it again, and come up with new thoughts and inspirations.  For me, this book is like a tree full of endless, tasty fruit to savor and enjoy while also nourishing the soul.