“All human happiness or misery takes the form of action; the end for which we live is a certain kind of activity, not a quality. Character gives us qualities, but it is in our actions- what we do- that we are happy, or the reverse.”—Aristotle (The Poetics)
The Poetics by Aristotle… as I angrily stare at my book because the translator got “hamartia” wrong again. I actually have a really great version though, but yeah, The Poetics is great for my current obsession with Titus Andronicus.
You should read Walden by Henry David Thoreau. It isn’t Tao oriented but oh my lord it is insightful.
I LOVE Walden! I am so happy you do too! I have this beat up old copy that I’ve highlighted to death and I’ve also written all over it so I need a new copy… thanks for reminding me of that! haha. Walden is wonderful, it is very similar to something Emerson would have written… Thoreau was mentored by Emerson, he became almost like a son to him. I would say that although it is not “Taoist” by name, most of if not all of Walden could very much be labeled as Taoist. The ideas of living in harmony with nature and self-reliance are very Taoist! Thanks love! <3
All throughout his life he faced the deaths of those closest to him. His father died when he was just eight years old, his first wife died just two years after they were married, and his first son died at age six. He often referred to Henry David Thoreau as his best friend, Emerson practically mentored him, and then Thoreau also passed away at a young age… as did Nathaniel Hawthorne and Margaret Fuller, who were also contemporaries and close friends of his. Towards the end of his life, he began losing his memory. He had such a sad life, it seems, and yet he never complained. His literature is so full of beauty and love and a real sense of optimism towards humankind. He truly did believe that we all have the power to become real thinkers with unique ideas. Although he was saddened by the state of society, he still saw humankind as ultimately being something beautiful, a true reflection of nature. He saw the divinity in all of us and in the physical world… as well as the correspondence and connectedness that exists among all living things. It is so refreshing to see that when you become upset over the trivialities of everyday life… a man who went through so much in life and still had so much optimism in his heart. I don’t say joy because I know many of these deaths must have deeply affected him, but it is amazing that he was able to overcome all of it for a while and write some of the greatest literature in American history. If you haven’t read Emerson, I recommend starting with Nature or The Poet. If he can’t make you reflect on your spirituality or make you want to go out there and truly experience nature and your own self-awareness, I don’t know who will.
I was cruisin’ around Amazon, searching for some books, and found this little gem! I’ve always been amazed at how similar Ralph Waldo Emerson’s views on spirituality are with those of Eastern thought. I read some reviews on this book and it sounds promising so I ordered it! If any of you lovely people have ever come across it and read it send me a message! Needless to say, as a devoted fan of comparative books on Taoism like the Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet, I’m pretty damn excited about this one.
I don’t need to be this stressed out over other people’s actions. It is not fair that I have to be the sole voice of reason here. They are so oblivious to how much damage they are doing to themselves and to those who live with them. I can’t handle this much anxiety. It is never my own and I sometimes wish it was. It would be more acceptable. I have school and work and student loans and on top of that I have to worry about them. I am so unhappy like this.
There's a movie called "Titus" starring Anthony Hopkins, based on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. Twas made in 1999. I haven't seen it, but it's on my "to watch" list. It received the "Critic's Pick" from the New York Times, so that should count for something...
Thank you so much for this recommendation! Good or bad, I am still very curious so I’ll have to look it up on Netflix. Titus Andronicus is my current obsession so I appreciate the heads up on this one! Thanks again, love and light my dearest anon <3
“While living on the planet Earth, our role is to foster sacred relationships with nature spirits and to devote ourselves to assist in their work by directing the light of creation, which is pure love, into their projects. Consciously working with these beings can prepare the way for smoother planetary transitions and more graceful interactions with nature – sometimes averting the natural disasters that are seen as part of the cleansing process that the planet goes through. We can help by heightening our awareness of planetary needs, and protecting and nurturing the environment. We can also assist by meditating in nature; decrees, invocations and other sound vibrations; attaining open-hearted visual contact; directing healing energy into these kingdoms; and using many other modalities. My favorite method of communing is to sit in the woods by the edge of a stream and lean against a tree for hours with my eyes open and my consciousness expanding as I gradually become one with the ground, water, air, and sunlight. Over time, not only do the animals accept me as an unthreatening part of their world, but the nature spirits become visible and openly go about their work.”—Craig Junjulas (via fernsandmoss)
I just read the syllabus to most of my classes this coming semester.
I could just cry. The amount of work I am going to be doing is insane. I am taking 18 credits (four English classes, one Education class which requires field work experience, and one Gen-Ed Oceanography class) and I am also going to be working every day. I hope I can do it man. I’m scared but I am also excited about all of the readings… mostly scared though.
Hello Maria, I'm Corinne, I'd love to hear your story, could you also explain taoism to me, I've never eard of it befire
Hello Corinne! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I would love to share anything you want to know about me with you, just ask! I have gotten a few questions about Taoism, someone asked me to explain it right here-> LINK just click on the world link. I’m thinking I should just make an FAQ about it because I get asked different Taoism related questions quite a lot. The best way to sum it up is that Taosim is the way I understand the world around me. Taoist “masters” teach us to live in harmony with nature and with ourselves. Here’s a useful link about “the quality of those who follow the tao” which is simply a word for the natural flow of everything in the universe—> LINK Many things are Taoist without having that name such as the effortless way that Winnie the Pooh carries himself. If you have any other questions or if you would like me to recommend some Taoist texts or poetry, don’t hesitate to ask! I love talking about Taoism and the way that everyone views the world. Sending lots of love and happiness your way <3 I leave you with this quote:
"Taoism [is] the way of man’s cooperation with the course or trend of the natural world, whose principles we discover in the flow patterns of water, gas, an fire, which are subsequently memorialized or sculptured in those of stone and wood, and, later, in many forms of human art." ~ Alan Watts