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Tuesday 29th.

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PL Calendar day 29

Be Cheerful and Easygoing

Everything has a way of turning out alright in the end.  Relax and always try to think positively.


bruce lee


Oyashikiri
jan 2015Oyashikiri

Some Bruce Lee….

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China – Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological park, in Gansu

Bruce Lee was a  Chinese (Hong Kong) American martial artist, son of the Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He was an actor,martial arts instructor, philosopher,filmmaker and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Nov.1940 – July 1973

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

Bruce Lee

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In my younger years, I remembered Bruce Lee as Kato, the actor who played along side the Green Hornet on a television show that I watched on the black and white telly we had, with the one station.  Being Chinese in Canada in years gone by meant you were a an oddity.  You stood out like a sore thumb and there was no way you could not know that you were “different:  from the other people in the community in which you lived.  My Father was a wise man who taught me to live life with appreciation. To accept and do my best to understand the difference we all have, and how unique each individual is.  By seeing those who taunted and rejected me without really knowing me, as a lesson, teachers of another side of a coin if you will. I learned to dismiss their actions as a part of who they were, and to move on.  These same youngsters were soon my playmates.  We are still in contact today.    I have been blessed with knowing that they feel that in getting to know me  they learned about an other culture and how it was a positive in their lives.

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During the early years of my practice, martial arts became the “new fad”  The buzz was to take up a discipline and become another “Bruce Lee”.. It was always an honour for me when  young man/woman would come to my door asking for assistance in his/her developement.  NO I was not teaching a Martial Art technique, I was a teacher of the TAO, and worked with students and clients to help them deal with the daily stress they encountered in navigating their lives.

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I soon learned that my childhood hero Kato, was Bruce Lee and that he had a lot of things to say about life.  I also learned that he had a huge following.  His wisdom,  dedication and focus on his craft was legendary.

bc3d9a0df3f80e6d654a0a48848454a8There has been so much written about him and his philosophy on life.  You can find all kinds of information by just typing in his name in a search engine, and reams of info will pop up.  I shared his thoughts with you today because so much of it is the wisdom of the TAO and the philosophy I was weaned on.  Asked the other day, why I am now with the Church of Perfect Liberty, my answer is … because it is the teaching of the TAO … that the church embodies.  I’ve lived long enough to know that the TAO is life itself, and not everyone wants to be a warrior, even though if you think about it, we all are in our own way.  What everyone does want is to find peace of mind. We all treasure those moments in our lives when life is uncomplicated and we feel totally at ONE with the world.

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Please, allow me one more.. on love. friendship and lasting relationships.  Thank you for sharing this trip down memory lane with me,  You are very special and kind, I truly appreciate your company as I travel along this journey called life.

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Namaste    –     Oyashikiri

 

Good morning everyone

 

 

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I was asked a question last night by someone who is just getting to know me.  He said “who are you anyway”, simple question I guess, but it was not an easy answer.  I’ve been reflecting on it since it was such a direct question, and I did not have a simple 1 liner answer.  For those of you reading this who have followed my many blogs and lived, experienced my numerous discoveries with me, I doubt you could come up with a one word answer yourselves, because certainly over the years I have rolled along life’s roadways simply living what the Universe put down before me.  That what life is to me, a journey in which I am always traveling  through the moments life presents to me.

When I was actively teaching lessons of the TAO through Chinese art forms, landscaping,martial arts, meditation, body work etc. it was always very interesting to me how different the reaction or answer would be when I asked a potential student why they had come to the Center.  How they had arrived at my door.  Answered varied, chronic pain, their doctor’s had recommended  something I was teaching/offering, anger management, wanting more  from the martial arts training they were getting.  Health care professionals who needed a release from the day to day pressures of their jobs.  Golfers wanting to improve their game.  It was a joy each day to work with people who had a thirst for more.  We wanted to take back control of their lives, to be more connected.  Yes I have been very blessed in  this life. I so appreciate all of my life experiences, for without them, I would not be the person I am today.

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In schools you are taught lessons, techniques, in life you learn to use these lessons.  It is not how much you learn, it is how you learn, it is not in the quantity of things you do, but in the quality of what you do.  In the last 20 years I  have seen a change in Massage Therapy. I was in one life a certified RMT (Registered Massage Therapist) why because to practice that Taoist  ”WAY” of body work, I required certification in the discipline as required by whatever State of Province I was working in.  Each geographical place had different levels of competence required. ( I’ll save my comments on this for another visit.)  Over my years I’ve had to acquire certification for this and for that, lots of useless pieces of card stock, that in time get grey and time worn and really serve no purpose except put $ into the accounts of the groups/associations that give out the renewal stickers.  I never put them up.

For teachers like myself, it isn’t about the numbers or the money, it is about the connection you make with another human being.  That said I soon learned that $ does for some reason  have an impact on the perceived value of the sessions.  I am generalizing here, but often when something is given free or at little cost, less value is put on what is being shared.  For most of my adult  life, I lived alone by choice. Work was my passion, and my life.  Work was something to do to earn money to live, but for me, I loved what I did, and so yes I needed the money to live, but I sure loved the experience of working. When I would get publicity, an interview on television, radio, or newsprint, the phones would go wild.  However I am one person, and I can only do so much, so…. in time…. the Universe worked it out for me…. and life settled back to a comfortable pace.

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I did not do combat sports, I did work with students of the art at perfecting what they were striving to do.  I did teach meditation, active and passive, but with each student I worked out what was best for them.  The land and nature were  and will always be, part of the teaching.  We gain strength through our hardships.  It is in repeated and often simple movement that we achieve great things.  There are no mistakes, only learning curves.

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CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT IN LIFE – the TAO

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