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I think this is the place where i post my thank you and welcome note. 


Thank you for taking the time to set up the website and the forums so that we can talk together. 


After what is fast approaching 25 years of identifying as a Taoist, I think I can safely say, in all my travels I have never met one yet! That´s probably because I have probably not travelled very far, although as far as my village thinks, I am a bit of world traveller! The truth is I have only visited a few countries, and mainly as a tourist, gaining little knowledge about the place and its people. 


I was born on the island of Jersey, which is located of the North West coast of France. It is quite a unique place, and considered itself part of The British Isles. My blood heritage is British, with Scots, Irish, English and Welsh ancestry. I have not been home in a very long time and have lived in countries as far a field as Thailand, and Egypt, where I lived for 5 years. 


Presently, I live in Marbella, Spain. A beautifully warm and sunny place known for its glitz and glamour and hedonism. It is also gaining a reputation as the "California of Europe" with its wealthy and cosmopolatain inhabitants becoming more accepting and interested in spiritual practices. 


I love Spain. Its climate agrees with me very well, and the local Spanish people are very friendly, Their love of music, food and family makes them agreeable neighbours. 


For a Taoist, I should be considered young being 44 years old. I still go out and party and listen to house music and practice Tao Mind and dancing at events. This mainly involves getting a little buzzed and not really focusing so much on Social Mind. I like to practice Wei Wu Wei through dance. Think of it like Tai Chi to music. 


Also I have to work still, and so I do that too. What I do is really not important. Sadly  :ph34r:


My social circle finally is getting smaller as I love to fly solo. Of course there are a few very special people in my life. Thank you to my very select group of family and friends who are non judgemental. 


At the same time I do love doing things for strangers and can be very helpful. 


I am not your average person, let alone your Taoist. 


Luckily we British have a very good relationship with eccentricity. If I was a politician I would want to be the minister of funny walks. I try not to take life too seriously, although there is indeed a solid argument by the taxman, my employers, and the bank manager that I should maybe try at least from Monday to Friday, to indulge in the practice. 


Unfortunately for me taking life too seriously is severely hampered by my religious see I believe in the Holy Trinity......


Joy, Fun & Laughter.  :D


Please all..


Welcome rossantony! 






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Hello rossanthony, and welcome.


Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go.


Please take the time to read the two posts pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum terms and rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started.


For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day.


Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you,


Marblehead and the TDB team



Hi rossanthony,


Fantastic introduction!  You have likely met some Taoists, they just didn't show themselves.  Great that you have been able to visit other countries.  I can understand you leaving Jersey for Southern Spain.  And I agree, we should remember to dance.


You are welcome to jump right in ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forms to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started.


May you enjoy your time here.



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Thank you everyone so far and good to see the Dao Bums is an active site. I know it sounds strange to say I have never met another Taoist..we are an elusive bunch who by the words of the Tao, keep our acknowledgement of the way a secret, in case we lose the Tao! Personally however I can't stop talking about it, thinking about it, living my life by it, enjoying it...I have posted my first post...a reply to a thread about what books changed our perception on life. I think it is a far better introduction to who I am as a person than my introduction..I am shaped by my thoughts, and most of my thoughts are shaped by others..


I forgot to mention my favourite hobby. Aimless Wandering. I go on walks with my 2 dogs, Benji & Bella. Who knows where the Tao will take us? All I know, its usually fun filled with joy and laughter. Or its silent and reflective...or its...serendipitous and magical...or its just a nice walk! 

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