Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 61

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 #11: Prospering

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Wikipedia image

As I read the chapters for this latest hexagram, #11, I was in a bit of a funk so the words “prospering” didn’t seem to fit. In their magical way, they always do though.

This 11th hexagram is an image of Heaven below Earth. Heaven energy tends to flow upward and Earth energy tends to flow downward, which makes this combination very well mixed. When things are balanced like they are in this hexagram, life is smooth and wrinkle-free.

But we know that life isn’t always like that, right?

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There are times in life when we need an extra hand. In this hexagram, our past efforts of helping others has paid off. It is our turn to be helped. Thinking back on my last few weeks, I can be grateful for that. Just like peanut butter attracts jelly, people who need help often attract those who can help. Heaven and Earth, well mixed. Help just doesn’t come on its own, though. You need to ASK FOR IT. I have a hard time with that one sometimes. I want to be superwoman and do it ALL! That idea has gotten me in a bit of a mess lately. In a multitude of ways, my body is revolting against this superwoman philosophy.

If I started quoting Ni’s commentary on this chapter, I would have to quote the entire thing – it’s that good… words to live by. If you are reading this with even the vaguest interest in the I Ching, I highly recommend ordering yourself a copy and reading the commentary for Hexagram #11 in its entirety. I will quote one line:

“There is one word that we can use as a motto for our entire life: reciprocity.”  ~Hua Ching Ni

What comes around, goes around. A few weeks ago, I reconnected with an old friend from high school. We had lost touch for several years and we had made plans to get together at her place one Saturday. So when we were making plans to get together, she asked me to help her with moving some stuff that day. It was more than just “some stuff”, but as we were moving it I realized how grateful I was that she had asked me for help. People don’t ask me for help very often and it felt good to lend a hand. I wondered about this and realized that part of the reason for this is probably because I don’t ask anyone else for help, either. It made me think that I really need to ask more often because it is good for everyone. It might seem like an imposition, but that “imposition” is good for both parties. It builds community.

Ni goes on to talk about respecting the customs and traditions of others. When in Rome… But this goes beyond that. It is about being aware of the needs of others and making their lives easier. When we do this, our lives become better somehow. Our own problems don’t seem that significant.

I’ve been working on my house a lot lately, decluttering. As I go through all this stuff, I wonder how I could ever want for anything! I have three coffee makers. THREE. Why? As I have been struggling with my stuff, I have wondered if I will always be struggling with something. Is there ever a time when life is just easy? In the commentary for this chapter, Ni explains that “true fulfillment is derived from hardship.” He goes on to say that “those who persist in a positive direction succeed, while those who do not will fail.” Life is just one long string of “things to do” – the list is never ending.

When will I ever learn that there IS NO END?

As one item on the “to do” list gets completed, another one quickly races in to take its place. So if there is no end, then why do I behave as if there is? Why do I struggle with the chores of life as if they are temporary? Why not just relax into them and do the work without complaint? For me, this is a lifelong challenge.

What do YOU think? Do you have a copy of the I Ching? If not, do an internet search and read hexagram #11. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 60

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 59

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 58

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!)

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!

 

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