become intimate with the speed of darkness

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I have studied and become intimate

with the speed of darkness. It’s so fast

it’s always here. When the light withdraws

the dark comes from no place. It always lives

with us. Your heart and brain are black.

They never see the true light except in violence

or autopsy. Of course the brain can cast

its own blinding light that we wait for in a poem,

at least blinding to us. In our trances the loves

of long ago enter the room unescorted, silent

perhaps from the black bottom of the ocean

where we all die in perfect darkness, a sense

of whirling that recedes back to the time

the ocean swallowed the smallest stars

then heated us into our early life.

Darkness is always there,

it only stands revealed.

 

Jim Harrison

 

simplifying your life


 

Calming

your mind, following

your breath, simplifying your life,

you reduce agitation and worry

with each passing

month.

 


When

genuine stillness

pervades your existence,

the subtle universe appears.

Then you can go anywhere you

like and give yourself

just what you

need.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 19

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Don’t try to 

escape from the movements of the 

world. Remain in the midst of everything, 

focused into the empty space 

at the center of 

your self. 

 
Pouring your 

whole being there without pause, 

alert, quietly smiling, you detach from clamor

and chaos and become independent and

free. From here you can

teach yourself 

everything.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 37

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The

art of war lies

not in relying upon the

opponent’s not coming, but in

making ready for him; not on the hope

of his not attacking, but rather on

becoming invulnerable

to attack oneself.

 

There are

five flaws which can

undermine a leader: recklessness

may lead her to destruction; timidity

may cause her to succumb; temper may

make her susceptible to insults;

delicacy of honor may render

her sensitive to shame;

solicitousness may

expose her

to worry.

 

Trading in

these is disastrous to

the conduct of war. If a force is

overthrown and its leader destroyed,

the cause will be found among

these flaws. Meditate

on them.
 

from The Art of War, Chapter VIII

 

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