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The enchanted meadow

A place to ponder
A place to ponder and write and breathe

True perfection seems imperfect,
yet it is perfectly itself.
True fullness seems empty,
yet it is fully present.

~ Tao Te Ching, Translated by Stephen Mitchell

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Lift off

A viewing platform
A viewing platform

“Space,” it says, “is big.  Really big.  You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is.  I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space…

~ Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxay

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Bench writing

Silken
Silken

Sit quietly
focus and forget
rest with the great achievement.
The ancient child asks
“what is the great achievement?”
It is beyond description in any language
it can only be felt intuitively
it can only be expressed intuitively.
Engage a loose, alert, and aware
body, mind, and sound
then look into the formless
and perceive no thing.
See yourself as a sphere
small at first
growing to encompass
the vastness of infinite space.
Sit quietly
focus and forget then
in a state of ease and rest
secure the truth of the great achievement.
Employing the truth will not exhaust its power
when it seems exhausted it is really abundant
and while human art will die at the hands of utility
the great achievement is beyond being useful.
Great straightness is curved and crooked
great intelligence is raw and silly
great words are simple and naturally awkward.
Engaged movement drives out the frozen cold
mindful stillness subdues the frenzied heart.
Sit quietly
focusing
forgetting
summon order from the void
that guides the ordering of the universe.

~ Tao Te Ching, Chapter 45, Translated by John Bright-Fey, 2006

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