A very long time has passed since I last posted at Tao Te Ching verse. Time to get back to that so I can finish it - start finishing and stop starting!
Since we (meaning me, myself and I) last chatted was in late April. As you can imagine quite a bit has happened since then. For one the YTT class I had been attending graduated and some are teaching, some have participated in a meditation challenge I started, another a book club discussion I started. At PlantBasedCLE we started our restaurant take over, I started teaching at Stat Crossfit on both Sundays and Wednesdays, picked up a second class at Fitworks. I started reading Banish Your Inner Critic and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (for the book club ostensibly).
Notice all the starting? Me too. Need to start finishing.
I did finish Chapter 2 of the Pradipika yesterday, Thanksgiving morning. I actually am quite pleased with this since it is quite a slog to get through. I could breeze through it, skimming it mostly but I've included it in my almost daily routine. The routine consists of getting up early enough to meditate for 20-30 minutes then read a verse of the Pradipika.
We started the book club discussion but have had trouble keeping it going - everyone's schedule is crazy so its hard to get it done. That's really just an excuse though, I need to buckle down and set it up. And whomever shows up, shows up.
Chapter 3 starts tomorrow
In future posts I'll talk more about PlantBasedCLE, going to the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY for a weeklong Jivamukti Yoga Immersion with Jivamukti founders David Life and Sharon Gannon. (It was fantastic and I hope to go again next year.), and maybe some stuff from work. Then again I may leave work out of it, we'll see.
Welcome to this week's Tao Te Ching verse. See here for what this is all about.
- Verse 30
- Whoever relies on the Tao in governing men
- doesn't try to force issues
- or defeat enemies by force of arms.
- For every force there is a counterforce.
- Violence, even well intentioned,
- always rebounds upon oneself.
- The Master does his job
- and then stops.
- He understands that the universe
- is forever out of control,
- and that trying to dominate evetns
- goes against the current of the Tao.
- There is a time for being ahead,
- a time for being behind;
- a time for being in motion,
- a time for being at rest;
- a time for being vigorous,
- a time for being exhausted
- a time for being safe,
- a time for being in danger.
- The Master sees things as they are,
- without trying to control them.
- She lets them go their own way,
- and resides at the center of the circle.