January 23rd, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 20: Do Even Mystics Get The Blues?


20.1 Detach from learning and you have no worries. How far apart are yes and yeah? How far apart are good and bad?
20.2 The things people fear cannot but be feared. Wild indeed the uncentered!
20.3 Most people celebrate as if they were barbecuing a slaughtered cow, or taking in the springtime vistas; I alone am aloof, showing no sign, like an infant that doesn't yet smile, riding buoyantly as if with nowhere to go.
20.4 Most people have too much; I alone seem to be missing something. Mine is indeed the mind of an ignoramus in its unadulterated simplicity.
20.5 Ordinary people try to shine; I alone seem to be dark. Ordinary people try to be on the alert; I alone am unobtrusive, calm as the ocean depths, buoyant as if anchored nowhere.
20.6 Most people have ways and means; I alone am unsophisticated and simple. I alone am different from people in that I value seeking food from the mother.
Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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The Gift Of Hard Times

My sadness has become a springboard. -- Etty Hillesum, January 11, 1942

If you have a rich inner life there probably isn't that much difference between the inside and the outside of a (concentration) camp. -- Etty Hillesum,  March 12, 1942.

I know now that life and death make a meaningful whole.  Death is a gentle slipping away, even when gloom and abominations are its trappings.  Etty Hillesum, July 7, 1942.

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