The Great and Mighty Tao

Waiting brings Clarity
In photography, a fast shudder will let a single object be in sharp focus. A slow shudder allows a deeper focal length, so more things are sharp and clear.

Are you photographing the girl with a hazy image of the mountain behind her, or are you seeing the mountains and the girl in front of them?

Our minds are the same way. As long as we are thinking quickly, reacting in the moment, we fail to see the big picture. We can only see small truths clearly, but not how they interrelate.

But when we focus on calmness and wait, so much more becomes clear.

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The worst dilema you face is simply an opportunity for your greatest victory. And all you have to do is outlast it. Calm, steady, work allows a small stream to cut the Grand Canyon eventually.

Being centered in the moment, you act as the circumstance demands.

When it is time to run, you run. When it is time to walk, you walk. And when it is time to sit, you sit.

If you do it any other way, you end up out of breath, out of sync, and unable to continue.

Observing what moment you are in is one step in mastering the Tao.

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Prepping can be the essence of Zen. You can prepare for hard times, so you do. Because you do, you are at peace. Zen.

OR

Prepping can be the opposite of Zen. You are constantly worried, and run about in reaction. Not Zen.

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A journey needs movement otherwise ceases to be a journey.

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Observing the Tao is easy. It’s completely around us. The challenge is understading what you are seeing.

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When someone acts like they have all the answers, they are guaranteed to be either fooling you, or themselves.

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A true friendship is to be valued more than precious stones. In your life if you have one or two true deep strong friendships, you are blessed.
This being the case, the best gift you can give is to be a good friend.

Be selfless, and you will be thought of as a unique and rare person.

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Want to understand the mind of God? Go to the woods and reflect. Listen to a creek gurgling, watch a sparrow feeding it’s young. Watch a flower open and bloom. After a sermon like that, how can you not know God more fully?

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Others will argue the differences between Zen and the Tao. I will argue the similarities. Reaching for the Tao, you may achieve Zen. Trying to become Zenlike, you must flow with the Tao.

Bhudda understood his place in the Tao, and it gave him great wisdom.

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Seeking insights to the great Tao, the master climbed the mountain. As he struggled up the slope, eventually he became fatigued, and stopped to rest by a creek. As he sat admiring the stream he lost himself in the quiet splendor. And was suddenly enlightened.

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I have a blog with no followers. When I speak of the Tao it resonates somewhere. If no one hears it, will it be any less true (to me)?

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True Joy seldom happens by accident. It is often either a product of your hard work or someone elses.
So if you have Joy, please consider if there is someone whom you should thank. And if you do not, then commit yourself to putting in the hard work to achieve it.

And don’t forget, the first step in the path to joy is seeking peace in your life.

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It seems that every movie has a happy ending. What happened to Comedy AND Tragedy? We make an unattainable standard, and then expect everyone’s real life to be similar. Death, loss, grief are ALL valid emotions. If you refuse to process them, they haunt you.

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Achieving Zen does not mean you forgive wrongs, withstand pains, or tolerate distress. It means you have better things to think about and simply do not notice these mundane things.

The person who wronged you will come to apologize, and you will say “have we met?”

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