Scattered Life Collective: July 25

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This post was inspired by a blogging adventure  called Scattered Life Collective by Cynthia Lee. It’s a great series and I hope that you will check out the rest of the participants and perhaps even join us!
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current time: 2:52 PM on Friday, July 25th

on the menu:  Hunan Tofu at the Asian Bistro – yum! In general, mostly vegan dishes these days and trying to get rid of most of the sugar in my diet as well.

I Ching Hexagram #10: Treading Carefully

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Me & Eric at the waterfalls in Puerto Rico

 

If I think of the I Ching as an entity, it should not surprise me how each time I focus on a hexagram it has a perfect relevance to my daily life. Isn’t this how it is supposed to be? In this tenth hexagram of the I Ching, we are focused on the relationship of the father to his younger daughter. I say “younger” because, although I am not the youngest daughter, I am a younger daughter being the third born of four girls in our family.

Last weekend, I got to spend some time with my Dad which is always wonderful. He lives far away and he makes a trek about once a year to come and see his Midwest daughters (one of which lives in Michigan, one in Wisconsin and me in Minnesota). It is quite a trek, but I am always glad to spend time with him. So when I read this hexagram, it had some personal relevance to me in this space of visiting and thinking of my dad.

A father/daughter relationship is unique in that the male yang role (in this case, represented by the Heaven trigram) and the female yin younger daughter role (represented by the Lake trigram) are teaching each other how to be more like the other. I have often felt that my Dad has been a great role model to me for having an “I can do it” attitude. He is always inspiring me to do things that might have seemed overwhelming to me. He was the one who finally convinced me to get off my butt and complete the backsplash in my kitchen last month. For him, all of us daughters have taught him to be more yin. We have taught him to appreciate art and to learn about his emotions. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship.

I also spent some time with my Father-in-Law last weekend, and it was the first time that my father met my husband’s father. They got along famously. It was fun to watch them. Both men have been very good models for me in right conduct, which is the underlying theme of this hexagram. They both are the type of guys that just dig in and get things done instead of fussing about it. They both have very matter-of-fact ways of being in the world that inspires me. (My husband, Eric, does also.) It is this quality that is a mystery to us women, just as that tender quality of women is a mystery to many men.

So hats off to you, guys. Thanks for being there.

 

Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 57

I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!
I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!

Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this…

Here is How it Works

I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to make it easy for our readers!)

Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 56

I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!
I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!

Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this…

Here is How it Works

I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to make it easy for our readers!)

I Ching Hexagram #9: Small Accumulation

Rice Fields

Rice Fields

This hexagram is all about the little things.

I loved what Hua Ching Ni wrote about this hexagram, “One has to practice the healthy way daily and unconditionally. Without daily practice, the little progress one makes will quickly wither away.” I often find while studying these hexagrams that the one that is most relevant to me shows up on that day.  “Withering away” perfectly described my blog, my writing, my studies of the I Ching… lots of things in my life. Consistency can be a bit of a thorn in my side sometimes. But I have learned to appreciate the waves. I can’t do anything about the past except learn from it. These sorts of waves of consistency are just bringing me into awareness of where I need some work.

I’ve been trying to lose weight recently, and have been eating a plant-based diet for most of the year, on and off. (Thanks to the amazing work of T. Colin Campbell in The China Study.) My sisters and I joined up on FatSecret.com to keep track of what we are eating and to hopefully lose weight by doing so. I’ve been rather inconsistent with my postings and this hexagram is a good reminder to stay on track.

So this hexagram teaches us to keep chipping away at those little things. Work at improving yourself every single day, and – as Hua Ching Ni says – never miss a day!

 

Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 55

I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!
I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!

Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this…

Here is How it Works

I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to make it easy for our readers!)

Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 54

I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!
I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!

Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this…

Here is How it Works

I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to make it easy for our readers!)

I Ching Hexagram #8: Fellowship

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In the post on hexagram #7, “Armies“, we talked about how leadership requires discipline. People often have to do things that they don’t want to do to move a cause forward. This hexagram is about a different kind of leadership – a leadership where people join by choice. This type of leadership is about community and people working together, willingly and happily.

According to Deng Ming-Dao, the character, Bi, which names this hexagram, originally meant a grouping of five families (during Ancient China). Throughout history, neighbors have gathered to share news and to help each other through tough times. In modern times, groups are often self-selected based on religious, sports or special interest groups. Even choices in where you live are more open now, thanks to easy air travel! I can even rent a room in someone’s home through the Internet in any part of the globe. I saw a service this week online called MealSharing.com that lets you cook a meal up and serve it to complete strangers, maybe travelers from other countries even… we have lots of new and fun ways to get connected.

Fellowship suggests that we look for clues as to whether or not a community is a good fit. I read two posts this week about this very topic: one was my dear friend, Michele Bergh, writing about some challenging choices she had in letting a community go. Another, was a blogger friend of mine, Deborah Weber, talking of letting go of practices that no longer serve her. Both of these woman were right on queue with this hexagram to listen carefully to the signs in front of them. Bravo! I think sometimes we believe that we have to keep going with our involvement with communities way past what is energetically correct. Like the young person who learns to clean their plates regardless of whatever else is going on, we sometimes hang on to communities just because.  We let the rules determine our participation instead of testing and measuring our continued involvement against our heart’s litmus.

Sometimes our communities are global in nature. As I read the commentaries for these hexagrams (see resources at the bottom of this post), it occurred to me that leadership in our governments today have an even greater responsibility than ever before. We still have countries, states and nations, but the Internet has given us the ability to see each other more clearly. We can see when a government is not treating people fairly and it becomes public international debate. Mean people just can’t hide anymore. This sort of transparency has never occurred like this before. The world has become smaller and more intimate and we are learning that caring for ourselves (our own nation) is just not enough. The decisions that we make as a nation affect people all over the globe.We need to care for each other and for our planet too. Like in the Armies hexagram, our militaries have taken much of this responsibility but much of it falls on the individual in the end. It ends up that our everyday choices determine a great deal about how things turn out.

We are powerful.

Everyone is responsible for their own choices. Who you follow and how you lead are both very important choices, even though they may seem insignificant. Even choices about which kind of cereal to buy or about how you talk to the woman at the grocery store matters a great deal. What are you voting for with your actions? With your words?

This hexagram suggests that you take a stand but also consider things carefully. It cautions us not to wait too long to decide which side of the fence you are on because in not deciding, you ultimately will lose. The reason for this is because we need strength in our convictions. When we waffle, we dilute that strength. If we are just one person, what causes do we want to put our energy into? Choose carefully, because you only have so much energy and in order to be effective, you need to be strong. Your strength comes from focusing that energy.

So I am curious what you think? If you have an I Ching book laying around, read hexagram #8 and let us know your thoughts! I would love to hear from you! If you don’t have a copy, click on one of the links below and check out a copy online.

 

Here are the resources that I have used in my I Ching studies so far:

The Living I Ching / Deng Ming-Dao
The Book of Changes & The Unchanging Truth / Hua Ching Ni
The I Ching or Book of Changes / Richard Wilhelm & Cary Baynes

 

 

Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 53

I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!
I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!

Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this…

Here is How it Works

I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to make it easy for our readers!)

Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 52

I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!
I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!

Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this…

Here is How it Works

I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to make it easy for our readers!)

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