you better get started

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I know, you never intended to be in this world.
But you’re in it all the same.

So why not get started immediately.

I mean, belonging to it.
There is so much to admire, to weep over.

And to write music or poems about.

Bless the feet that take you to and fro.
Bless the eyes and the listening ears.
Bless the tongue, the marvel of taste.
Bless touching.

You could live a hundred years, it’s happened.
Or not.
I am speaking from the fortunate platform
of many years,
none of which, I think, I ever wasted.
Do you need a prod?
Do you need a little darkness to get you going?
Let me be as urgent as a knife, then,
and remind you of Keats,
so single of purpose and thinking, for a while,
he had a lifetime.

 
Mary Oliver
 

transcend

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Transcend 

every thing and not 

thing with doing non-doing. 

Move across heaven and 

earth like a solitary,

silent lion.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 34

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humility, yielding, nourishment

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A

great country

is like a low-lying land 

into which many streams flow. 

It draws powerful energies to

it as a receptive woman

draws an eager

man. 

 

The

feminine can always

conquer the masculine by yielding

and taking the lower position. 

In this way she becomes as

low-lying land: in time,

everything comes

her way.

 

Therefore

a great country can win

over a small country by practicing humility.

A small country can also win over a great country

by practicing humility. One wins by willingly

taking  the lower position. The other wins

by willingly acknowledging its

lower position.

 

The great

country wants to embrace

and nourish more people. The small

country wants to ably serve

its benefactor.

 

Both

accomplish

their ends by

yielding.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 61

 

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the true master accepts long & arduous cultivation

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The

world is full of

half-enlightened masters.

Overly clever, too “sensitive” to live in

the real world, they surround themselves with

selfish pleasures and bestow their grandiose teachings

upon the unwary. Prematurely publicizing themselves,

intent upon reaching some spiritual climax, they

constantly sacrifice the truth and deviate from

the Tao. What they really offer the

world is their own

confusion. 

 

The

true master

understands that enlightenment

is not the end, but the means. Realizing that

virtue is her goal, she accepts the long and often arduous

cultivation that is necessary to attain it. She doesn’t scheme to become

a leader, but quietly shoulders whatever responsibilities fall to her. Unattached

to her accomplishments, taking credit for nothing at all, she guides the whole

world by guiding the individuals who come to her. She shares her divine

energy with her students, encouraging them, creating trials

to strengthen them, scolding them to awaken them,

directing the streams of their lives

toward the infinite ocean

of the Tao. 

 

If you

aspire to this sort

of mastery, then root yourself

in the Tao. Relinquish your negative habits

and attitudes. Strengthen your sincerity. Live in the

real world, and extend your virtue to it without discrimination

in the daily round. Be the truest father or mother, the truest brother

or sister, the truest friend, and the truest disciple. Humbly respect

and serve your teacher, and dedicate your entire being

unwaveringly to self-cultivation. Then you will

surely achieve self-mastery and be able

to help others in doing

the same.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 80

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