(This was written by my friend Ali today. I liked it so much I asked if I could share it here. It captures so well what’s been happening for many of us since 2020 began. Weird and wonderful and weary times. ~Daniel) Shallow spirituality is talking the talk. Deep spirituality […]
While I came to Guilin to study Mandarin, half of my “class” time here is devoted to history and philosophy. Yesterday my teacher, Kolok, told me a stories about Laozi: his departure from Chengzhou riding backwards on a water buffalo, his writing of the Tao Te Ching at the behest […]
Aggression is a mask worn by fear, projected at an enemy. When there is no fear, there is no enemy. When there is no enemy, you are invulnerable. Any attack you endeavor is an attack on your own invulnerability. “That which you damn damns you back.” ~Paul Selig **** Everything […]
This society we've built on fear and separation leads to people looking for escape by any means necessary. Some use drugs, some use sex, some use television or religion or gambling or food or money. The problem and the result are the same -- a self defeating cycle of isolation and shame.
You are not responsible for the first crazy thought that enters your head… You are responsible for how long you entertain it. Watch the thoughts float by your consciousness. Some are useful, some are loving, some are resentful and full of fear. Recognize that these thoughts are not your own. […]
Excel, struggle, succeed, fail… these are stories we tell ourselves. We tell ourselves these stories to push ourselves to, or as we, attempt new things, try on new identities, explore our world. Just as often, we use these stories, or the fears that they generate, to decide not to engage […]