All work and no-play makes any partner, care-giver, friend, family…
dull!:( Wellness must include some play-time, too. Recreation in just the right amount is just what the doctor ordered.
Ahh, peace at the beach!:) Spontaneity is refreshing…sometimes. Do you enjoy nature? Do you spend enough time outdoors?! It will do you some good!
i’m an “awake accepter”…of the importance of daily exercise! Just like variety is good for a healthy, nutritious diet. Same with exercise…mixing it up keeps it fun, fresh and good for you, too. Of course, check with your doctor first before you start any new regimen. Just like i eat more than once a day…staying active, exercising in measured amounts throughout the day works well for me (usually). Having 4 hyper kids to keep up with and major housework helps. (For context of term “awake accepter” see my last post: Go to the…Source! Hubby decided to do some kayaking Saturday…too cold and windy for me to swim…there’s always reading, chasing the kids, birds, taking photos and writings in the sand…
Think, Read Books-66…how many books make your favorites list?…i would start w/66.
Son on pier…Hubby under pier.
The birds were so beautiful and the beach too…too bad my photos uploaded too dark…gotta get Hubby to adjust them.
…i tend to…work, work, work, work, work…and work some more. Do i escape through work?? or do i just try hard to live up to my responsibilities/word as care-giver, wife, mother, friend, fragile-life-member of global-family? Escapism…comes in many forms…it could be a religion.
Seriously, writing this post forces me to sit and relax my body while my mind works….maybe, that’s why my posts tend to be long? -lol…An equal amount of challenging physical labor and challenging mental labor is good for me…keeps me well and very active. (Of course not always well-hydrated.) Please, be sure to keep hydrated! My tendency is to get over-zealous at times…and i learned my lesson last week…ending up in the ER…(Hubby wanted me go)…long-story short: i’m fine/healthy, they ran needless tests (that said so)…hooked me up to an IV for hydration and i was good to go -lol:) Relaxed, got to lay there, veg out, read and watch t.v. (Doctor and nurses VERY nice!:) Are you into self-introspection?…self-examination? You betcha!:)
“Buddhist “prayer” is more correctly termed “meditation.” One form that particularly stresses self-discipline and deep meditation is Zen Buddhism. Brought to Japan in the 12th century C.E., it is based on a Chinese form of Buddhism known as Ch’an, which is traced back to an Indian monk named Bodhidharma. He went to China in the sixth century C.E. and borrowed heavily from Chinese Taoism in creating Ch’an. It is said that he once cut off his eyelids in a fit of anger after having fallen asleep while meditating. They fell to the ground, took root, and produced the first tea plant. This legend serves as the traditional basis for Zen monks’ drinking tea to keep awake while in meditation.” ~563 B.C.E. Enlightenment based on Liberation
i can assure You: the tea i’m drinking as i compose this post…did not grow from any eyelids!🙂…Bodhidharma’s fit of rage, cutting off eyelids..hmmm, where is the self-compassion?! Is your tea drinking based on legend? Mine’s not…it’s based on thirst & taste -lol🙂
“The test of a religion or philosophy is the number of things it can explain.”—American 19th-century poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Zen teaches that study, good works, and rituals are of little merit. One can attain enlightenment simply by contemplating such imponderable riddles as, ‘What is the sound of one hand clapping?’ and, ‘What do we find where there is nothing?’ ~Buddhism a Search for Enlightenment without God
It’s an interesting topic of comparative study for me (since i like that kinda thing)…founder’s of various religions/schools of thinking/philosophies…what qualities/traits: positive or negative they possess and what traits are produced by their followers?! Are they worthy role-models?!
Riddles and proverbs interest me. How about you? Check this 1 out:
“There are three things that have proved too wonderful for me, and four that I have not come to know: the way of an eagle in the heavens, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship in the heart of the sea and the way of an able-bodied man with a maiden.”—Proverbs 30:18, 19.
According to Biblical Scholars who answered in an article entitled: Questions from Readers…
“Perhaps feeling that “wonderful” must imply positive or good, some scholars explain that each of the four things displays the wisdom of God’s creation: the marvel of how a large bird can fly, how a legless snake can move across a rock, how a heavy ship can stay afloat in a turbulent sea, and how a robust youth can fall hopelessly in love and marry a sweet maiden, and then they produce a wonderful human child. One professor found in the four things another similarity, that each travels a route that is ever new—the going of eagle, serpent, and ship where there is no path and the newness of a couple’s developing love.”
Another thought about this intriguing, wise Proverb:
“An eagle soars through the sky, a serpent crosses a rock, a ship cuts through the waves—none leaves a trail, and it would be difficult to trace the path of any of the three. If this is the commonality of the three, what of the fourth, “the way of an able-bodied man with a maiden”?”
“This also can be rather untraceable. A young man may employ guile, smoothness, and cunning ways to slide into the affections of an innocent virgin. Being inexperienced, she may not detect his wiles. Even after being seduced, she might be at a loss to say how he won her; observers too might find it difficult to explain. It is hard to trace the path of such slippery men, yet they have a goal, as does an eagle in flight, a gliding serpent, or a ship at sea. With seducers, the objective is sexual exploitation.”
Practical, insightful, teaches you something of value…my kind of riddle/Proverb!:) As a mom of 3 young girls, who are growing up fast…that is a Proverb they should know.
“This, monks, is the middle path the knowledge of which . . . leads to insight, which leads to wisdom, which conduces to calm, to knowledge, to perfect enlightenment, to Nirvana.” ~Gautama The Buddha
‘What is Nirvana?’ you ask. “It is difficult to find an erroneous answer to this question,” says historian Will Durant, “for the Master left the point obscure, and his followers have given the word every meaning under the sun.” “There is no single Buddhist view,” agrees The Encyclopedia of Religion, for it “varies with the culture, the historical period, the language, the school, and even the individual.” One writer calls it “the pure absence of desire, the timeless infinity of the void . . . , the everlasting tranquility of death without rebirth.” Others, in reference to its Sanskrit root meaning of “to blow out,” say that it is like a flame that goes out when its fuel is exhausted. At any rate, Nirvana promises liberation.” ~563 B.C.E. Enlightenment based on Liberation
Living Buddhism, Tenzin Gyatso, wrote: “Perhaps today Buddhism may have a part to play in reminding western people of the spiritual dimension of their lives.” Question/s for consideration: Is the practice of Zen/meditation spirituality or just another form of escapism from the problems/stresses of western living? Is escapism really liberation? Don’t we all want liberation? If any practices/rituals originate or are steeped in superstition (i.e. Taoism)…if one practices these, is one really liberated mentally or otherwise?!
What about Taoism?
“By the seventh century, during the T’ang dynasty (618-907 C.E.), Buddhism was making inroads into Chinese religious life. As a countermeasure, Taoism promoted itself as a religion with Chinese roots. Lao-tzu was deified, and Taoist writings were canonized. Temples, monasteries, and nunneries were built, and orders of monks and nuns were established, more or less in the Buddhist fashion. In addition, Taoism also adopted into its own pantheon many of the gods, goddesses, fairies, and immortals of Chinese folklore, such as the Eight Immortals (Pa Hsien), the god of the hearth (Tsao Shen), city gods (Ch’eng Huang), and guardians of the door (Men Shen). The result was an amalgam embracing elements of Buddhism, traditional superstitions, spiritism, and ancestor worship.”
“Since the end of dynastic rule in China in 1911, Confucianism and Taoism have come under much criticism, even persecution. Taoism was discredited on account of its magical and superstitious practices. And Confucianism has been labeled as feudalistic, promoting a slave mentality to keep people, especially women, under subjection. In spite of such official denunciations, however, the basic concepts of these religions are so deeply embedded in the Chinese mind that they still have a strong hold on many of the people.” ~ Taoism and Confucianism a Search for Heaven’s Way
This mama is Not into superstition, spiritism (topic: perhaps for another post)…and definitely not into slavery of women…
THANK YOU for reading my blog!:) Stay well-hydrated: physically and mentally fit! THANK YOU for exercising your mind/body in healthy ways…ways that are good for You and Your Family of Breathing-Fragile-Life…ways that truly liberate and don’t enslave…long-term!:)
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