Water and Stillness

Water and Stillness

?Nothing in the world Is as soft and yielding as water.Yet, for dissolving the hard and inflexible,Nothing can surpass it.The soft overcomes the hard;The gentle overcomes the rigid.Everyone knows this is true,?But few can put it into practice.?Laozi, Dao de Qing,...
Thought and Stillness

Thought and Stillness

?Stop thinking, and end your problems.What difference between yes and no?What difference between success and failure?Must you value what others value,Avoid what others avoid?How ridiculous!?Laozi, Chapter 2, Dao de Qing In meditation, we focus on the breath.  As...
Math and Stillness

Math and Stillness

I worked for two years with an old friend, Lenny, about 20 years ago.  During our time together we?d solved the mysteries of the universe.   For us, the answer to every question was ?It?s math .  .  .  it?s all math.?  The question didn?t...
Trying, Doing, and Stillness

Trying, Doing, and Stillness

I ordered a persimmon tree for my meditation garden this week.  It is a 5 foot specimen, and will arrive in about 10 days.  I already have a spot picked out for it, one with the proper amount of sun and a little shelter from the storms of winter.. I was able...
Change and Stillness

Change and Stillness

Yin and yang, two opposing forces, the dynamic tension between which animates all things.  From the cold of winter, to the promise of spring, and the warmth of summer.   I read a poll reported in this morning?s news on when ?things? would return to...
Life and Stillness

Life and Stillness

?? =  jingzhi  = stillness ??  = jijing  = silence ??  = qidao  = prayer ????  = xin de pingjing  = stillness of heart Recent essay titles published here from my book, ?Along The Way To Wudang:  An Old Man?s Journey to...