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Who opened Pandora's box?

 Imagining the wondrous treasures that lay within and surrendering to her curiosity, Pandora opened the sacred box which she had sworn never to do.  In doing so she released upon the world all the terrible evils of disease, misery and death.  As they flew from the box, the evils stung and wounded Pandora in the face causing her to sc...
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One day ....

 One day you finally knew  what you had to do, and began,  though the voices around you  kept shouting  their bad advice - though the whole house  began to tremble  and you felt the old tug at your ankles.  "Mend your life!" each voice cried.  But you didn't stop.  You knew what you had to do, ...
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When I am among the trees ...

When I am among the trees,  especially the willows and the honey locust,  equally the beech the oaks and the pines,  they give off such hints of gladness.  I would almost say that they save me, and daily.  I am so distant from the hope of myself,  in which I have goodness, and discernment,  and never hurry through...
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Lao Tu; Tao Te Ching: The journey ...

The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath your feet ... 

Lao Tzu ... Simplicity, patience, compassion ...

Simplicity, patience, compassion,  These three are your greatest treasures,  Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are,  Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.  Lao Tzu ... Tao Te Ching 

I Ching ... The Arousing

Shock brings success. Shock comes ... oh oh! Laughing words ... ha ha!.  The shock terrifies for a hundred miles. And he does not let fall the sacrificial spoon and chalice.  When a man has learned within his heart what fear and trembling mean, he is safeguarded against any terror produced by outside influences.  Let the thunder roll...
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I Ching ... preponderance of the small

​It is not necessary to venture so far as to trust the Unknown, but it is essential to dispense our distrust of it ... We know that the situation is important and therefore we distrust ourself and Fate to carry us through.  We should resist this fear before it turns into desire and ambition to do something.  

The stillness of the moment ...

Heading into 2020,the Christmas festivities behind us, how quickly we can forget those wishes for peace we extended to friends and family.  Already planning the year ahead; planning to get on, to get ahead, to move forward.  We live in a world of activity; the message "faster ... faster", "more ... more".  No wonder so many collapse ...
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Our birth is but a sleep and ...

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our Life's Star Hath had elsewhere it's setting, And cometh from afar: Not in entire forgetfulness. And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home : Heaven lies about us in our infancy! Shades of the prison-house begin to close upo...
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Falling upward ...

How surely gravity's law, strong as an ocean current, takes hold of even the smallest thing  and pulls it toward the heart of the world ... This is what the things can teach us: to fall patiently to trust our heaviness. Rainer Maria Rilke: Book of Hours

We would rather be ruined than ...

We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the present  and let our illusions die. W. H. Auden

Turning and turning ...

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,  The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere  The ceremony of innocence is drowned;  The best lack all conviction, while the worst  Are full of passionate intens...
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Life, all life ...

Life, all life  began without words.  Life is made - and no one owns it.  The Tao is neither selfish nor proud. The Tao is generous and graceful in what it does Without ever claiming any merit And the sage's greatness lies  in taking no credit. 

I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become ....

I walk down the street, There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.  I fall in.   I am lost ... I am helpless It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.  I walk down the same street.   There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.  I pretend I don't see it.  I fall in again.  I can't believe I am in this s...
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Man follows the earth ...

Man follows the earth. Earth follows the universe. The universe follows the Tao.  The Tao follows only itself.  Open yourself to the Tao, then trust your natural responses; and everything will fall into place. Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength;  mastering yourself is true po...
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The place where we live ...

On the seashore of endless worlds children play .... Tagore 

A child's view of the world ...

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream  The earth, and every common sight,  To me did seem  Apparelled in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream.  It is not now as it hath been of yore; Turn wheresoe'er I may,  By night or day,  The things which I have seen I now can see no more.  The Rai...
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This is the creature ...

This is the creature there has never been. They never knew it, and yet, none the less, they loved the way it moved, its suppleness, its neck, its gaze, mild and serene.  Not there, because they loved it, it behaved  as though it were.  They always left some space. And in that clear, unpeopled space they saved it lightly reared its he...
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The Mother of all Creation

​The Tao ... is the breath that never dies It is the Mother of All Creation. It is the root and ground of every soul the fountain of Heaven and Earth, laid open. Endless source, endless river River of no shape, river of no water Drifting invisibly  from place to place it never ends  and it never fails. "The Tao Te Ching"

Keeping Still, Mountain

True quiet means keeping still when the time has come to keep still and going forward when the time has come to go forward.  In this way rest and movement are in agreement with the demands of the time, and thus there is light in life. Mountains standing close together: The image of KEEPING STILL, Thus the superior man Does not permit his thoug...
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