Lost in Translation

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  1. Hi William, Read the Tao Te Ching as you would poetry. Read it. Think about it. Discover how it makes you feel. Discuss it with others. Come back to it again and again. Over time you may find your understanding of a verse, or a phrase, or even a single word changing. It gets deeper and richer as time passes. Eventually you may find it's just a book. To each their own. Welcome to TDB!
  2. Fidget spinner for Taoists.
  3. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dolores-oriordan-the-cranberries-singer-dead-at-46-w515435 May she rest in peace.
  4. Thank you. In many ways the spiritual path is the path of empathy. One learns, and learns to appreciate, that one is not the center of all things, and that one's actions impact others, and vice-versa. It is humbling to say the least.
  5. They got pills for that nowadays. :-D
  6. I practice Taoism by sitting on my a**.
  7. Namo Kuan Shi Yin Pusa. Kinda just rolls off the tongue. I'm not too big on mantras, or mudras, or anything else that feels like codified tradition, but I make exception for Kuan Yin.
  8. Welcome!
  9. On my phone swiping left places an email in archive storage. I hope archive storage has a bathroom, otherwise things could get pretty ugly...
  10. I am so glad I put my coffee down BEFORE I read this! ;=)
  11. I'm sorry to hear your disappointment. This forum, like all things Internet, is filled with a wide variety of subscribers. Some are formal and disciplined while others are informal and undisciplined. In time you will get a feel for each person you interact with and will learn what to expect from them. Even the most undisciplined person has knowledge to share. Conversely, even the most disciplined person can be wrong. My advise, which you are free to ignore, is to be very specific with any questions you ask. This will help others understand what kind of responses are and are not acceptable. If you are unsatisfied with a response then let the poster know in a respectful manner.
  12. Welcome @Master of no significance! I really, really love your screen name. Of course it would have been really cool if you called yourself "Student of no significance".
  13. The mind likes comfortable. That would be ok if the mind had the same definition of comfortable as we do. Unfortunately it does not. The mind defines comfortable as "routine and familiar - the same today as yesterday as tomorrow". And that's the problem. If "routine and familiar" is something painful and frightening then the mind will seek out sources of pain and fear. Crazy, huh? I find it very helpful to resist the temptation to place judgements on perceptions, including feelings. If you are fearful then be aware of the fear. Listen to it. Yes, live your life and yes, continue to make choices. Behave rationally, but listen to the fear while you do these things. Often we try to "heal" fear. That doesn't work anymore than you can "heal" love. You need to sit with it. Get to know it. Listen to it. After a while it leaves on its own. Until then all it wants is for you to be with it.
  14. Welcome! I've been to Oahu, Maui, and Kauai but never to the Big Island. Some day I need to visit. It seems like a paradise among paradise.