Reflecting on 2010

There is one blog post of mine that I see viewed repeatedly more than another other:  Hello 2010 – Do the Tao!

It’s interesting to read that now and to reflect on 2010 as we draw near to its end. Like so many other things I start in my life, studying Taoism fell by the wayside. I have, however, remained consistent with my struggle with faith. Like so many other things, this one came back to bite me in the ass in the second half of this year in the form of some pretty hefty life-changing events. A test of faith? An eye opener? A testament to the size of my ass? I mean really … how many things can possibly bite me there? (My apologies if my language offends anyone – just keeping it real.)

I’ve come to believe that philosophy and religion can, and most definitely do, go hand in hand. So my latest mission is to to give both a fair shake and pay attention to just how well these two things play together.

Hello 2010! – “Do the Tao”

Chapter 10 of the Tao Te Ching

Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child’s?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

Happy New Year!

Hello 2010!  January 1 is essentially just another day.  It is yesterday’s tomorrow and tomorrow’s yesterday.  However, we choose to look at it as a new beginning and not just a continuation of the preceding days.  We wipe our slates clean – start over with a blank canvas – resolve to improve various areas of our lives.  So on this first day of a new year, I’m dipping my brush in some fresh paint to begin filling my blank canvas. Continue reading