“The Possibility I am inventing for myself and my life is the possibility of being a peaceful Taoist and Florida Master Gardener.”
~ Lyn occurs to me as the loving partner I have dreamed of
~ Zac is Joy, CJ is Zoom!
On weight loss and health-
Haven’t posted Taoism and landmark as much, but have had chances to live it in interactions with new and varied peops
Job. Well, I have one. It’s interesting and I think I can be successful. Going with it. Will give me time to develop DATT, to regain my balance and self, will give me time to get fit. I like it.
“Those who are steadfastly balance, humble, and in harmony with the Sage inherit everything under the sun.” ”If you remain modest and balanced now, you will come into possession of prosperity and success.” ”..you increased your personal power by purifying your thoughts, actions, and attitudes.” ”When you have done this long enough so that service of the true and good becomes your only goal in life, you come into complete harmony with the universe. As a result, you begin to have a far-reaching influence…”
..yes, this was the reading on the day I was awarded a job..
Brian didn’t make it up.. The I Ching is the oldest book in the world.. anyway..
Hexagram 13 Fellowship with others..
“In fellowship with others, embody the principles of the Sage.”
This includes kindness, humility, correctness, equanimity, and openness.
Hexagram 12 Standstill (stagnation)
Inferior influences sometimes prevail, improperly motivated people sometimes rise to power, there is injustice, poverty and conflict. ”..this does not mean that we have to stagnate personally as well. By turning inward and realigning ourselves with proper principles, we initiate the return t light, truth, you progall else arouno solitude and refining your higher nature, you continue to grow while all else around you stagnates.” [this is what I plan on doing for 6 months or so]
Hexagram 11 T/ai/Peace
“..harmony and prosperity are the reward of those who correctly balance their higher and lower natures. It is by remaining aware of our inferior self while insuring that the superior self govern our conduct that we arrive in a state of peace.” ”..Think of yourself as a young tree now.. by maintaining your focus on moving upward toward light, clarity, and purity you can reach great heights. If you become entangled in inferior things, you will not enjoy the full benefit of this gracious hour.”
Hexagram 10 Teading (conduct)
“..no genuine gains can be made unless we are rooted firmly in the principles of teh Sage.” ”An image often associated with this hexagram is that of treading on the tail of a tiger. The “tiger” may be some strong or malevolent force in our own personality or it may bea particularly volitile individual or situation with which you have to deal. In either case the advice of the I Ching is the same: one avoids the bite of a tiger treading carefully. To tread carefully means that we remain steadfastly innocent and conscientious in our thoughts and actions.” “The only lasting influence is that which arises naturally from a course of steady self-development.” ”In the end, it is our inner worth that determines the outer condition of our lives. Those who resolve to persevere in humility, sincerity, and gentleness can tread anywhere- even on a tail of a tiger- and meet with success.”
Hexagram 9 The Taming Of The Small
“..accept restraints quetly and remain content with taking small steps.” ”..think of planting seeds rather than harvesting fruit.” ”Do not be tempted into engagement which will sere to unbalance you.”
Rebels in Bengazi attack our embassy and republicans blame Clinton and Obama
Wacked bombers bomb the Boston Marathon and Republicans blame Obama
OJ is ON TAPE threatening to harm people as he blocks them in a room at gunpoint to steal stuff and he blames his defense attorney
Rich New York moms hire disabled tour guides so they don’t have to wait in line at Disney, a mom said “This is how the 1 percent does Disney”
Cheney positions himself for decades to lie his country to war so his company and friends become billionaires rebuilding a country he blew up.. as 5 million people are displaced, 3ook are killed, and 3 trillion is spent.. taking his country into recession.. and he says that when the IRS investigates groups that notoriously hide money that Obama is doing the lowest thing he can think of to the country.
Overall, not bad.. curious how much weight I have lost.
22 vets from the current wars kill themselves every day. What does that say about sending normal people to do abnormal things.. for questionable reasons? What are we doing??
Shih is like potential energy.. like ground water.. a power source there for when you need it. We must stay balanced and in touch with the TAO so we know when to use it and how.. and not to overuse it. Being in touch daily.. BEFORE something pounces up with surprise. If we are resting calmly in the TAO all day then nothing can shake us.
In Landmark we learn that humans are “meaning making machines”.. things happen and we can’t help but add meaning.. often just making stuff up. ”The Machine” just runs, seemingly all by itself.. so within us is this meaning making machine and the real person. The key is to just let the machine do it’s thing, but don’t latch onto the made up stuff it conjures.. just see it and let is pass on through with attachment. ”The Observer” is the real me.. BE the observer of the machine and I am being me.
We are warned and reminded that conflict arises when we must be right, or we are not strong and balanced when the conflict knocks on our door. Conflict deepens if we must ‘win’ or if we are not in touch with the Tao and follow lesser paths with immediate decisions.
This quote reminds me who to avoid from now on..
See the world as it is..
It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any sort of self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized. This recognition must be followed by resolute and persevering action. For only the man who goes to meet his fate resolutely is equipped to deal with it adequately. Then he will be able to cross the great water—that is to say, he will be capable of making the necessary decision and of surmounting the danger.
..Landmark gave me the understanding that I do NOT have to live based on yesterday or yesteryear.. so, I get to live based on the tomorrow I create to live into.
Last night we had a good, long DATT creation session.. today I made the “one pager” business plan. I am watching all of the case stories on the video Paul gave me. The creation is not just in what I am doing or will do it is in being able to create the personal environ where I can create that I am the man I am creating.. which is the man that I am.
The image of a blade of grass breaking the ground then trying to maneuver up and around rocks.
The beginning can be tough. Perseverance is needed. There may be storm clouds, horse may separate from wagon, it may take time for natural cycles of acceptance to unfold.
“Helpers” are needed.
I am so comfortable with Paul and Rebecca.
..I committed to walking every day. Lyn said she would walk with me.. all of that feels great. I love her. She was very supportive of me doing this.. I told her “I’m hesitant to tell you what I’m doing with fitness and health because if I stop doing it you will think I’m a loser.” She said, “I wouldn’t think you were a loser. It’s hard, we’ve all been there and there are slumps. But, you just try again.” It’s great to be with a great woman.
Landmark unveils our nature.. or, allows us to unveil our own nature. And, part of that nature is to choose. To choose our life. But, we unlearn that part of ourselves.. the ruts, the dull, the sour, the patterns.. we slip into being a person that has chosen not to choose. We let the choices happen to us based on circumstances.
So, part of not unlearning to choose is to follow the Taoist/Landmarkian guidance of seeing that there are NO ruts, NO dull, NO sour, NO patterns.. it all just is. We don’t have to fall into the temptation of labeling everything in terms of good or bad. It just is.
Then, when the world occurs to us as “just is” that leaves us free to choose. And, I am choosing to be happy.
..and a healthier, mo fit way of life is already feeling more comfortable. Yesterday at Chipoltle I did something I have never done. I had a fountain drink, only drank one cup of coake.. which is great fo rme, but then when leaving I usually get a refill to go.. but, I refilled with this new stuff called “WATER”.. not sure how to pronounce it…
Lifted good yesterday. Making sure I don’t overdo it at the start so I can habit lift every day.
10:15a and 2.5 big glasses of water already.