Tao Te Ching – Verse 29 – We Are the World

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I recently picked up a translation with commentary of the Tao Te Ching at my local libraries’ book sale.  While the book itself was slightly battered, what I found inside is a treasure-trove of wisdom passed down over the last 2,500 years.  Verse 29, We Are the World, relates to today with its emphasis on how the most powerful and wealthy seek to destroy the planet.  Below is Verse 29 as it was translated by Ralph Allan Dale.  Read it, reflect on these powerful words and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Verse 29 – We Are the World

 Those who have most power and wealth

treat the planet as a thing to be possessed,

to be used and abused according to their own dictates.

but the planet is a living organism,

a Great Spiritual Integrity.

 

To violate this Integrity

is certain to cull forth disaster

since each and every one of us

is an inherent part of this very organism.

 

All attempts to control the world

can only lead to its decimation

and to our own demise

since we are an inseparable part

of what we are senselessly trying to coerce.

 

Any attempt to possess the world

can only lead to its loss

and to our own dissolution

since we are an intrinsic part

of what we are foolishly trying to possess.

 

The world’s pulse is our pulse.

The world’s rhythms are our rhythms.

To treat our planet with care, moderation and love

is to be in synchrony with ourselves

and to live in the Great Integrity.

Taken from Tao Te Ching  A New Translation & Commentary by Ralph Alan Dale Copyright 2002 by Ralph Alan Dale

 

 

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Happy Weekend!

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This winter feels like it’s been going on forever.  Many of us have experienced the Polar Vortex, others have seen a lot of snow and ice storms.  It’s been interesting, I must say.  So, this weekend do something you enjoy.  Nature calls out to us, even when the weather may be a little challenging.  Put on your snowsuits and take a walk, ski, skate, but leave the house and breathe some fresh air.  Enjoy!

Life, Pictures and Stuff

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Just thought that I’d share a few of my nature shots from my neighborhood.  After a slow spring, the lilacs are starting to bloom.

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This is just a look at the sky one morning.  It was just beautiful!IMG_3882And, here is a sunset.

Now that the weather has warmed up I’m trying to get outside more.  Since I’ve been somewhat stressed lately, I’m trying to add positivity to my life.  What have you been doing lately?  Let me know in the comments below!

Hermits and Stuff

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I recently read the non-fiction book The Stranger in the Woods – The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel.  This is the true story of Christopher Knight, the man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years.  I don’t know about you, but I often consider the option of running away from civilization and living by myself in the middle of nowhere.  Of course, I’d have to be self-sufficient, including growing my own food, etc., which would require tons of work, and that’s the main reason why I haven’t done anything like that…money being the other compelling reason.

But this account brought up a lot of issues for me.  Do I really consider someone who stole for survival a hermit?  What about his watching t.v. (yes, he stole a t.v., and watched it frequently), he also played hand-held computer games, and listened to a purloined radio.  While living alone and not speaking to anyone for 27 years (with one exception of saying hi to a hiker in the 1990’s) is an accomplishment, it’s not really what I think of when contemplating my own hermitage.  If I were going to become a hermit, I’m pretty sure that I would not want any interaction with civilization.  Actually, to be honest, this is something that I’ve thought about since I was a child and read a National Geographic story about a Park Ranger who lived in the middle of Yellowstone (I think) during the winter and was so isolated that his supplies were helicoptered in for him.  He spent the time that he wasn’t working reading and writing.  That was the life, I always felt – being paid to be alone, and to read and write!  A dream come true!

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At some point I understood that jobs like that just were not available, then I got married and had children.  Even though I am an introvert, I can tolerate being around others for a period of time.  As an aside, my children had the earliest bed-time ever, mainly because I’d had enough of “togetherness” by the end of the day and knew my limits.  I need time alone to “de-compress” after a day with others, although my patience for being with groups seems to be getting smaller and smaller as I age.  Do any of you daydream of the day when you just might turn into a full-time hermit?  How would you go about it?  Let me know in the comments below.

February Blues

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This is the time of year where it seems like it’s been winter for far too long.  Luckily, I’ve been able to get out and go for a walk almost every day despite it having been way too cold for a few weeks there.  On the days when the wind-chill factor actually got to 15 below zero, I have to admit that I stayed in the house.  However, those days weren’t too many, and I’ve been out and about for most of the winter.  That being said, I’m beginning think about Spring, and wonder if we will have a “real” Spring this year.

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I say that because for the past 5 or so years, we’ve gotten a few days of Spring, and then the temperature zooms up into the 80°’s with high humidity, and summer has made its early appearance months too early.  Right now, though, I’m simply waiting.  Waiting for the frigid weather to end, the mud to clear up, and the grass to be green again, instead of the brown it currently is.  I know I’ve got at least a month or so to go, but how about you?  Are you waiting for the winter to be done for good?

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The Benefits of Castor Oil

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While I don’t like to even think about drinking oil, (I don’t know if you were forced to use this remedy as a child, but yuck!), there are indeed some benefits to using castor oil.  Science has found that the active ingredient in castor oil, Ricinoleic acid which is helpful in solving both intestinal issues, and labor issues, along with controlling how blood clots.  While I don’t have any of these issues, drinking castor oil has its place if you do.

There are other uses for topical applications of castor oil, however.  Some people have found that castor oil helps with skin conditions such as acne, dermatosis and psoriasis.  Other people claim that it has helped with promoting hair growth.  If you do wish to try castor oil on your skin, it is recommended that you dilute it with water in a 50/50 ratio.  Also, there may be some side effects such as rashes, swelling and/or itching. If this occurs, just stop using it.  So there are any side effects that just means that it may be too harsh for your skin.  Certain products affect everyone in different ways.

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I’ve left links for you to follow if you want more information on castor oil.  Some of the other benefits include helping with inflammation, disinfecting, and increasing your immunity.  I will probably be trying this out in the future.  I’ll let you know if I get any results.  Do you use castor oil, and if so have you found it to be useful?

 

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2012/05/just-spoonful-castor-oil

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319844.php

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-castor-oil/#gref

 

A Vegan Diet Will Cause a Nutritional Nightmare!

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I don’t know if you’ve seen the latest scare that has come out regarding a plant-based diet.  Apparently, if the entire U.S. population decided to follow a plant-based diet we would all succumb to nutritional deficiencies and die horrible deaths according to a “scientific” report put out by – wait for it…. Robin A. White, who just so happens to be an “animal and poultry professor” at Virginia Tech who teaches animal and poultry use and agriculture; and Mary Beth Hall who works in Dairy Science at USDFRC, Madison, WI., again working for the Dairy Industry.

https://qz.com/1131428/if-the-entire-us-went-vegan-itd-be-a-public-health-disaster/

Now, once we find out who these people are, we have to wonder why, after all the scientific evidence there is that shows that consuming meat and dairy leads to a number of health problems, heart disease and cancer included, why oh why would the meat and dairy industry want to keep “proving” that a plant-based diet is going to kill you?  Could it be that meat and dairy consumption has declined, leading to the oh-so-problematic decline in profits?  Greed of course is behind this “study”.

Should one believe this study, one would think that anyone who is eating a plant-based diet should be on the verge of dying.  However, that is simply not true.  Well, I haven’t heard of anyone dying due to eating a healthy plant-based diet.  And, I am no-where near death myself, after almost five years on a vegan diet.  As a matter of fact, after my last yearly visit with my doctor, he was amazed at how low my cholesterol and sugar numbers were.  I was quite healthy with no nutritional death in sight.  There were no deficiencies in my diet that he could find.  Am I a modern medical miracle?  I think not, since my daughter also received a clean bill of health.

As far as the claims that humans simply cannot get the nutrition they need from plants, I beg to differ.  Calcium comes from plants, as do the other nutrients listed in the study.  When you receive any nutrients from eating the flesh of another animal, you are simply eating the middle-man.  Ever hear of broccoli or leafy greens?  Apparently the “researchers” didn’t.  For any questions regarding plant-based diet, please go to https://nutritionfacts.org/ and find out more information.  I apologize if anyone found this post too snarky.  I simply couldn’t help it.

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