March 12th, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 61: Yin Prevails!


61.1 A great nation flows downward
       into intercourse with the world.
       The female of the world
       always prevails over the male by stillness.
61.2 Because stillness is considered lower,
       by lowering itself to a small nation
       a great nation takes a small nation;
       by being lower than a great nation
       a small nation takes a gret nation.
61.3 So one takes by lowering itself,
       another takes place by being lower.
61.4 A great nation wants no more
       than to include and nurture people;
       a small nation ants no more
       than to admit and serve people.
61.5 Both get what they want,
       so the great should be below.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation
daily_tao: Chapter 61

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| Stephen Levine - Half life

We walk through half our life
as if it were a fever dream

barely touching the ground

our eyes half open
our heart half closed.

Not half knowing who we are
we watch the ghost of us drift
from room to room
through friends and lovers
never quite as real as advertised.

Not saying half we mean
or meaning half we say
we dream ourselves
from birth to birth
seeking some true self.

Until the fever breaks
and the heart can not abide
a moment longer
as the rest of us awakens,
summoned from the dream,
not half caring for anything but love.

-- from Breaking the Drought: Visions of Grace, by Stephen Levine
Poetry Chaikhana | Stephen Levine - Half life

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 62: The Gift Of Tao, The Gift of Spiritual Awareness.


62.1 The Way is the pivot of all things:
       the treasure of good people,
       the safeguard of those who are not good.
62.2 Fine words can be sold,
       honored acts can oppress people;
       why should people who are not good abandon them.
62.3 Therefore to establish an emperor
       and set up high officials,
       one may have a great jewel
       and drive a team of horses,
       but that is not as good
       as advancing calmly on this Way.
62.4 Why did the ancients value this Way?
       By it one can attain without long seeking
       and escape from the faults one has;
       therefore it is valued by the world.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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Legislation - Campaign Finance: Bernie Sanders - U.S. Senator for Vermont

For more than thirty years, Senator Sanders has been a staunch advocate for effective campaign finance reform that reduces the influence of special interests and corporations. To that end, he has introduced a resolution to amend the United States Constitution, clarifying that corporations are not people and are not entitled to influence our political processes as if they were people. Furthermore, the Saving American Democracy Amendment, (S. J. Res. 33), would allow Congress and the states to regulate campaign finance, including setting limits on election contributions and expenditures.
Legislation - Campaign Finance: Bernie Sanders - U.S. Senator for Vermont