quiet your emotions with meditation

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 …It is in the nature of having a body to have strong feelings and impulses. However, if we allow our thinking to be controlled by them, we cannot act with the gentleness, neutrality, and graceful wisdom of the Sage. Instead, we move rashly when we ought to keep still, or we solidify when we ought to remain fluid. Therefore it is necessary to quiet the body and its inferior elements so that our thoughts and actions may be clear and balanced.
 
Three things are advised. First, sit quietly in a self-supporting position with your back straight and eyes closed. Second, observe the flow of your bodily emotions. Do not judge or resist them; the simple practice of watching them come, linger, and go without acting on them allows you to gradually separate them from your thought processes. Third, turn your inner conflicts over to the Deity for resolution.
 
The help of the Higher Power is only made available to those who ask for it in a disciplined way, who make an offering of their stillness and mindfulness. Through meditation we reduce the influence of the inferior elements and make it possible for the Sage to assist us. Keep still as a mountain now and you will be rewarded with good fortune.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 52, Mountain (Keeping Still)

 

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this is called perfect emulation of heaven

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A good

general doesn’t

show off his power. A good

warrior doesn’t get

angry.


A good

conqueror doesn’t

attack people. A good employer

puts himself below his

employees.


This is called

the power of non-contention.

This is called using the strength of others.

This is called perfect emulation

of heaven.


The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 68


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please to remember

dance

In

the face of

impermanence and death,

it takes courage to love the things of this world

and to believe that praising them is our noblest calling…

It is courage born of the ever-unexpected discovery that acceptance

of mortality yields an expansion of being. In naming what

is doomed to disappear, naming the way it

keeps streaming through our hands,

we can hear the song

that streaming

makes.

 

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Thanks

to impermanence,

everything is

possible.

 

Thich Nhat Hanh

awareness and action form a natural tai chi

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True

understanding

in a person has two attributes:

awareness and action. Together they

form a natural tai chi. Who can enjoy

enlightenment and remain

indifferent to suffering

in the world?

 

This is not

in keeping with the Way.

Only those who increase their service

along with their understanding

can be called men and

women of

Tao.

 

Hua hu Ching, Chapter 53

 

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why spend your life accumulating things?

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What

good is it to

spend your life

accumulating material

things? It isn’t in keeping with

the Tao. What benefit in conforming

your behavior to someone’s conventions? It

violates your nature and dissipates your energy.

Why separate your spiritual life and your

practical life? To an integral

being, there is no such

distinction.

 

Live

simply and virtuously,

true to your nature, drawing no line

between what is spiritual and what is not. 

Ignore time. Relinquish ideas and

concepts. Embrace the Oneness.

This is the Integral

Way.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 50

 

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