Friday, April 29, 2011
In the second part of the book the values are described in yin (receptive female qualities) and yang with properties of male, action and energy. Its duality exists in everything in the Universe.
The Tao is considered a quiet power and man should attune to its harmony. The Tao Te Ching teaches man to live free of violence, to be nonresistant, develop good eating habits and breathing exercises to quiet the mind for peace to exist.
These principles are the foundation of feng shui and taught in my feng shui school. When we are in tune with nature peace exists. Bringing the elements of nature, the ebb and flow, sounds, smells, textures into the living environment will automatically shift the energy level of the occupants. They will move towards higher living standards to heal the mind - body and spirit.
Today, make time to be a part of nature and bring that part back into your environment and see the difference.
Mary Jane - Feng Shui master & Yogi
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Emerson managed to combine religion with philosophy, as well as ancient classical ideas with super-naturalism and mysticism. He supported the infinite potential of an over-soul, which he accepted as an inseparable part of the human existence, and termed it as the "infinitude of every man."
Emerson's writings showed strong belief that wisdom came to men by divine influx, that nature was the means to unlock all secrets of wisdom, and make men enlightened. One of the most important works of his early period is his book "Nature," which he wrote in 1836.
Why not gain a bit of wisdom today and spend some time outdoors in nature. See what "She" has to offer.
Enjoy your day!
Monday, April 25, 2011
"All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue."
"Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another."
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
Friday, April 22, 2011
"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens."~ Carl Gustav Jung
"The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity by contributing to the establishment of the kingdom of God, which can only be done by the recognition and profession of the truth by every man." ~Leo Tolstoy
"Vain are the beliefs and teachings that make man miserable, and false is the goodness that leads him into sorrow and despair, for it is man's purpose to be happy on this earth and lead the way to felicity and preach its gospel wherever he goes.
He who does not see the kingdom of heaven in this life will never see it in the coming life."~Khailil Gilbran
"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.
That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance,
and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life."~Jiddu Krishnamurti
"As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death."~ Leonardo da Vinci
"Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it."~Buddha
May you discover what life is and cherish it.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tolstoy was not only a writer. He was a great moral philosopher, a truth seeker, and deep religious thinker. After being excommunicated from the Russian Orthodox church, he formed his own Christianity that was based on five simple tenets: live a life without anger, live a life without lust, avoid taking oaths and promises, love your enemies, and do no combat evil with evil.
In 1893, Tolstoy wrote , The Kingdom of God Is within You, based on Luke's Gospel. This work deeply moved Gandhi when he read it. Gandhi wrote to Tolstoy about his Passive Resistance Movement and their correspondence led to a warm friendship and Tolstoy's work A Letter to a Hindu in 1908.
Tolstoy was a proponent of the freedom of expression through which humanity could be served and assisted in establishing the kingdom of God, the kingdom of love, peace, equality, truth and justice.
May you have a Peaceful day!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Gandhi's philosophy was based on two words "Satya" or truth and "Ahimsa" or nonviolence. Truth is the basis for major religions and by applying truth to all actions society would improve exponentially.
Following the principle of Ahimsa - nonviolence shows deep respect for all others. Any violent action against another simply becomes a violent action against self.
Let's all try to add a little Satya and Ahimsa to our day.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Zen Stories - Ancient Words of Wisdom
A rich man asked Sengai to write something for the continued prosperity of his family so that it might be treasured from generation to generation.
Sengai obtained a large sheet of paper and wrote: "Father dies, son dies, grandson dies."
The rich man became angry. "I asked you to write something for the happiness of my family! Why do you make such a joke of this?"
"No joke is intended," explained Sengai. "If before you yourself die your son should die, this would grieve you greatly. If your grandson should pass away before your son, both of you would be broken-hearted. If your family, generation after generation, passes away in the order I have named, it will be the natural course of life. I call this real prosperity."
Enjoy the prosperity of life itself!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Those who wish to change the world
According with their desire
The world is shaped by the Way;
It cannot be shaped by the self.
Trying to change it, you damage it;
Trying to possess it, you lose it.
So some will lead, while others follow.
Some will be warm, others cold
Some will be strong, others weak.
Some will get where they are going
While others fall by the side of the road.
So the sage will be neither extravagant nor violent.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Jung provided humanity with clues on how the psyche functions, providing support for all those who feel within themselves a strong urge to fulfill their ultimate purpose in life. The theory of Individuation or personal unconscious and the collective unconscious leads to a more mature and harmonious understanding of man and the universe. When everything is integrated (yin and yang concept), then we feel a sense of Unity with everything in existence, and then our Self is born.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Jesus wanted people to reach perfection through prayer and pious living and to ask God always for help. The essential aspect behind his teachings was Love. Love awakens the human heart and the absolute prerequisite for the transformation of man into divine being.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
According to his teachings, man needs to let go of the mundane in order to reach enlightenment and experience bliss. The best way to begin to peel back the outer layers of self (koshas) is to engage in meditation practices. Begin with simple breath meditation, qigong or yoga and you will find a sense of peace take hold in your life.
Quote: "He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye."
Enjoy your Day!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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Monday, April 11, 2011
Imhotep was also a medical healer incorporating a blend of new methods including astronomy, religion, philosophy and protective amulets. Here is a man who knew that true healing and healthy body is a culmination of many components and not just one. A concept modern man should practice. Healing suggests there is an imbalance or dis-ease. The imbalance occurs by outer environment. When we begin to align the outer-scape the inner will naturally follow.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Lao Tzu offers the following to ponder in finding happiness in life:
- Fame or integrity: Which is more important?
- Money or happiness: Which is more valuable?
- Success or failure: Which is more destructive?
- If you look to other for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled.
- If your happiness depends on money you will never be happy with yourself.
- Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
Enjoy the weekend!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Aristotle: "I count him braver who overcomes his desires them him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self."
Enjoy your day...
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Quote: "Be Kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Mahavira's exemplary life showed people a way of attaining liberation by conquering passions like greed, lust and anger and adopting a harmless way of living.
How can you apply Mahavira's teachings to your own life? A question worth pondering.
Enjoy your day!
Monday, April 4, 2011
Today's quote from Lao Tzu is about knowing who you are and what you want. He states:
Enjoy your day!
Friday, April 1, 2011
Letting go of the old can be hurtful. It's like claws leaving a mark on your skin. It's real easy to put those old habits on...