Posts Tagged ‘tao’

9
Jul

Wu-Wei @ 16%

by adminadam in quotes

Winnie the Pooh

Be content with what you have;
Rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
The whole world belongs to you.

— Lao Tzu

27
Feb

Alan Watts on Nothingness

by adminadam in education, quotes, videos

  • Sleep, passivity, rest — these are all things which are neglected due to a fear of Nothingness.
  • Nothing is more fertile than Emptiness.
  • It’s not ‘You can’t have Something for Nothing’, it’s ‘You can’t have Something without Nothing’.
  • That which is void is precisely Form. And that which is form is precisely Void.
6
Dec

Thrivenote #118

by adminadam in home

“Don’t impede the flow, or the flow will impede you.”

Just a little thought that I seem to cycle back to…

3
Apr

Wu-Wei @ 8%

by adminadam in articles

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loren Eisley

Water is a metaphor for both power and humility, bending around obstacles, seeking the path of least resistance. Water always seeks to lower itself below all else, flowing downhill to appease gravity. It this way it gains power from humility. Water is thus the prime example of wu-wei in nature.

The best human equivalent of this is a person that acts along the path of least resistance, applying wu-wei, not forcing his or her will upon the world. We as individuals can also draw great power from humility by training our minds and bodies.

When I tried Aikido my second year of college, I could see the power in moving with the forces of the universe, instead of pushing against them. Here we see Steven Seagal applying the wu-wei type principles inherent in Aikido to subdue his multiple attackers. To me his demonstration of non-doing is very effective.

Quotes by Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido:

“If your opponent tries to pull you, let him pull. Don’t pull against him; pull in unison with him.”

“Though surrounded by many enemies, view them as a single foe and so fight on.”

Quotes by Alan Watts on Water & Wu-Wei:

“Wu-wei is the lifestyle of a person who follows the Tao and should be understood first of all as a form of intelligence — that of being aware of the principles, structures and tendencies of the human activity and of the natural phenomena so well that you could use a minimum amount of energy when you have to deal with them.”

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

28
Mar

Wu-Wei @ 7%

by adminadam in art, home, music, videos

THE AVATAR/MONONOKE/RÖYKSOPP CONNECTION

Ever since watching Avatar I have been drawn back to Mononoke, the classic Miyazaki film about human greed versus the full force of nature. In Avatar, the Atokirina represent the planet’s life force; in Princess Mononoke, we have the Kodama (こだま 、反響音: echo). Both kinds of wood-sprites act as the eyes and ears of the forest, and sometimes as its messengers, as we see here with Jake Sully:

“We love Jake Sully! Don’t kill him!” — Woodsprites

As you may have figured by following this site, I am a huge fan of Röyksopp. So when I found this little number below I was clickin’ like a kodama, just stoked, you know. What could be better than seeing the little gangsta sprites dashing through the forest to uber-chill electronica? Really. It was just *so easy*.

18
Mar

Wu-Wei @ 6%

by adminadam in art, home, humor

Cute creatures rockin’ Wu-Wei the only way they know how… Watch and learn.

Go Wu-Wei, Enter and Become the Tao.

Wu-Wei Buddha Seal

Go Wu-Wei, Enter and Become the Tao.

Wu-Wei Turtle Strut

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Wu-Wei Double Chin, no make that Triple...

Go Wu-Wei, Enter and Become the Tao.

Wu-Wei Jaw Use

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Wu-Wei Tanning Turtle

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Wu-Wei Sun Salutation

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Wu-Wei Sasquatchin'

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Wu-Wei Amphibian-on-Alert

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Wu-Wei Turtle Train

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Wu-Wei Ninja Fox

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Wu-Wei Mohawk Rockin'

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Wu-Wei Lover's Plea -- "Don't leave me..."

Go Wu-Wei, Enter and Become the Tao.

Wu-Wei Hot Chick

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Wu-Wei Honey Huntin'

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Wu-Wei Head Scratch

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Wu-Wei Frightened Froggy

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Wu-Wei Meeting of the Goats

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Wu-Wei Face Wash

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Wu-Wei Evening Yawn

Go Wu-Wei, Enter and Become the Tao.

Wu-Wei Sprawled-Out Squirrel

Go Wu-Wei, Enter and Become the Tao.

That is all for now… Until we reach 7% that is.
From: www.ellf.ru
Photographer: Sean Crane

10
Mar

Staying Solid in an Ocean of Corrosivity

by adminadam in art, home, humor, poetry

Yes, I know corrosivity is not a word as far as you’ve heard. It is a novel combination of corrosive and acidity to me. Because I didn’t want to write ‘an ocean of acidity’ — it’s not right, not P.C., err, I mean it’s not P.H.! (Gee…) Simply equip and tip in a ton of tums to neutralize the acidic H-2-O blip; not the right video-clip. So, corrosivity it is…

And let’s get it clear: I’m here not to neutralize the seas by puffin’ calcium into the breeze. Creating a ton of anything is hard work for me, being a crab astrologically. So, what to do in a corrosive ocean? What’s the potion?

I see my buddy Pisces afloat and adrift, aloft and aloof in a fantasy of idea thrift. I know not to follow so as not to get lost. And I also can’t abandon my aqueous ship there, boss. The depths being so well-equipped to my elusive style of image-shift.

And a playful warping of the story verbosely is not the essence of this poetic trip. So I digress — unless… No. The real question is not how to rhyme this session, but how to stay solid in a corrosive ocean where you know-not-what-means-stolid.

When you live underwater, the world is heavy. Ideas are tempting but can drag you down fishy rabbit-holes quick. Mystery and deception, image and self-defense protection not a problem for the clawed-crawling-shelled-crusty creatures like me-myself and a few other watery-signed-types on the shelf. But with an ocean of emotive ideas at my finger-claw-tips, and the schools of benign-looking hook-hidden pips, the challenge remains to open-shell with the proper currents and down comrades at my hip.

Open too much and pure-essence is leaked.
Too little and neurotic claws begin to auto-collapse on the allied-peeps.

So, to flow or to swim is the question to let sink in. To roll in the under-tow or no?

And the best way for us, these crustaceans, not-to-crack, is to never let this very question stab us in the back.

http://drennart.blogspot.com/2008/07/blue-crab-oil-painting.html

3
Mar

Wu-Wei @ 5%

by adminadam in home, prose, quotes

The Way that can be experienced is not true;
The world that can be constructed is not real.
The Way manifests all that happens and may happen;
The world represents all that exists and may exist.

To experience without abstraction is to sense the world;
To experience with abstraction is to know the world.
These two experiences are indistinguishable;
Their construction differs but their effect is the same.

Beyond the gate of experience flows the Way,
Which is ever greater and more subtle than the world.

http://www.taoteching.org/chapters/1.htm