I've been doing some more writing recently. It's been great getting back into bringing the various inner thoughts to life through blog writing, I plan to do much more this year. Maybe even a short book at some stage too!
From Dense to Sparse and Back
In Da Xuan we have this idea of grounding ourselves. Being good Daoists who like balance, we not only like to improve the kind of emotional and mental grounding of someone who is ‘down to earth’, but we also develop a very physical grounding. This literally means being difficult to move from our physical position; that we can’t be pushed over. As well as being balanced, the Daoists were always a pragmatic people. It’s no use to just know about it or think about it, you must practice so you can be it. I was always partial to my Teacher’s personal interpretation of the first line of the Dao De Jing:
“The Dao that can be talked about is not the actual Dao, so you may as well shut up and practice.”
~ Serge Augier
Although the practices we use to achieve good grounding are pretty universal, it’s useful to understand (...continue reading)
I think it’s safe to say that everyone understands and has had their own experience of energy at the very least in the general sense. I’m talking about feeling energetic, as in being alert and ready to do a lot of things whether they are physical or mental. On the flip side you have the feeling of being completely exhausted and not being able to do lots of things. We are an organism that is in need of fuel to function; personal resources that need to be regularly topped up. Even though it might seem reasonably obvious, it is useful to look a little closer at how these resources are replenished and also very importantly how they are spent – after all, they are all we have to get through life with.
When you look closely at this process you can see that what is going on is really quite magical: we fuel ourselves by taking something that isn’t us, bringing it inside us and then transforming it to (...continue reading)