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Listening intently, even tho’ the message could be one of great value, if you do  not understand the language, you can only watch and listen to the words being spoken and assimilate what you can.  This was my first time to experience such a moment,  My first time in a foreign country where the primary language was totally foreign to my ears.  One of the other participants when we talked of this, said, ” what we need to do is just drink in the essence, and the ambiance of being here”.

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The greatest lessons from my last trip to Japan, were the ones where I learned about myself, how I cope, and that I managed through all the various challenges to come away with heartfelt connection to the country and the people there.

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It is about covering the distance between me, myself and I and my surroundings.  It didn’t matter really what country I was in, or who was there. What mattered was that I was alive, I was taking in new visual and auditory information, and my taste buds were experiencing new and wonderful delicacies.

It all seems subtle at the time, because you are living it, 100% the world is vibrating with newness.  It is the same sky, but … no… it’s not…. you are drinking water, eating food, but …nothing is the same. Things you never thought you could do…ie. enjoy their bathing customs, by the time I left, it was all so natural and part of my day.  You assimilate, you simply live in a mindful state.  If  I had gone there thinking of doing that, I doubt it would have happened

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Life is Art…………………. in nature, when one goes with the flow and allows life to happen,  the results are often extraordinary.  when we try to structure every second of our day, we go against the natural ebb and flow of the world around us.

PL Precept # 18    Each moment is a turning Point

PL Precept #7  Everything exists in Relativity.

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Tiger's nest monastery, Paro,Bhutan (by druzi)A monastery in Paro Bhutan called the Tiger’s Nest.

My day started with what I was finding to be a very vexing problem.  I was doing a project in Photoshop, (software program) and for some reason, something that I knew I could do, wasn’t happening.  No matter what I did or how I tried to make it work, it wasn’t working.  Stubborn to a fault, I was determined to get this project done, and off my “To Do list”

To reach the Tiger’s Nest one must travel a very winding and steep path up the mountain.  It is easily done when one takes the time to know the route, and to listen to the more experienced traveler.  When one is stubborn, we don’t always reach out, we instead waste time by repeating the process that we aren’t doing right in the first place.

A call to a wonderful talented friend in the UK. set me back on the path, this time with better coordinates. I had interpreted the numbers wrong at the very start, I assumed,…. based on that assumption, everything else I did was not working. My friend is a born leader/teacher, she didn’t do it for me, she redirected my thinking so that I was working with the right numbers, in so doing the calculations worked.

There are times when we need to reach out… we need to allow the input of another “voice”  Not to tell us what to do, but to guide us in making the right choices.

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

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BRAVE THE CLIMB TO THE TIGER’S NEST Taktsang Palphug, commonly known as Tiger’s Nest, is a seventeenth-century structure clinging to a mountainside a dizzying 10,200 feet above Paro Valley. Why the name Tiger’s Nest? Because it’s said that in the eighth century, Guru Rinpoche flew to this exact spot on the back of a tiger

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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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Good day everyone!

I am filled with anticipation, not only is the day filled with sunshine, I will meet with Rev. Goto in a few hours to learn how to do Oyashikiri Sensho.  We were talking of meditation, and I had asked if PL had a special way to meditate.  Being a life long meditator  it is a subject close to my heart.  PL has a special prayer that is a chant.  He closed his eyes, brought his hands together in prayer and instantly I was transported.  The moment was beautiful and captured me instantly.  For days I had that moment replaying in my head and wanted to feel it  for myself.  I tried on my own to “copy” what I heard and saw… and WOW.   Today I will get a personal teaching.  I love PL.  (Perfect Liberty)

Then I will meet with a dear friend I have not seen in a while, I will have the pleasure of a nice drive to the other end of the city and then share a meal  (already I know I will cheat and have wonderful fries with my smoked meat).  What is not to like about getting up and starting another day. =^_^=

After morning prayer, I opened up my computer and found that a treasured friend from Australia had sent mail, she is a angel who drops in and out of my life with her gentle thoughts.  Today was a quote from “Buddha”

“Don’t believe anything, whether from few or many, from your religion, or teachers and elders, or even long traditions, unless, after careful analysis, you find what is reasonable and good for one and all. Live up to that.” Buddha

I will leave you now to start my day… starting with looking into my very full wardrobe… and asking myself, how come I have nothing to wear.

Blessings everyone.  Find the pocket of happiness and delight in it.  Life is to be lived.

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