Daily Daoist Practice and Stillness

Daily Daoist Practice and Stillness

During a recent class, a student and I were discussing softness.  Over the preceding two classes, we had been investigating the important qualities of a taiji and qigong practice.  Those qualities are slow, soft and smooth. They are integral to an...
Simplicity and Stillness

Simplicity and Stillness

?If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial. If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn, let yourself die. If you want to be...
Martial Arts and Stillness

Martial Arts and Stillness

Calm, but alert; Relaxed, but ready; Smooth, but sharp; Humble, but confident. This is martial arts. It is an integral part of our training at the Five Immortals Temple in China, where I lived as a monk. It is part of what I teach today in the Berkshires of western...
Stepping Back and Stillness

Stepping Back and Stillness

Can you deal with the most vital mattersBy letting events take their course?Can you step back from your own mindAnd thus understand all thingsDao de Qing, Ch. 10, from Laozi Things change, always.  What we thought today was so awful will seem less so with each...
The Sacred and Stillness

The Sacred and Stillness

?The world is sacred. It can?t be improved. If you tamper with it, you will ruin it. If you treat it like an object, you will lose it. The Master sees things as they are, Without trying to control them. He lets them go their own way And resides at the center of the...