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Lao Tzu on Living an Inspired and Peaceful Life

Posted in 2020, Mind, spirituality with tags , , , , on March 22, 2020 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Lao Tzu on Living an Inspired and Peaceful Life

A Philosophy of Heart

Many centuries ago, Lao Tzu, spoke of the four cardinal virtues, teaching that when we practice them as a way of life, we come to know the truth of the universe. The ancient Chinese master said that living and practicing these teachings can open you to higher wisdom and greater happiness, as they realign you to the source and enable you to access all the powers that source energy has to offer.

When you succeed in connecting your energy with the divine realm through high awareness and the practice of undiscriminating virtue, the transmission of the ultimate subtle truths will follow. – Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu means ‘Old Master,’ and he was believed by some to be a God-realised being. The Four Cardinal Virtues are found in the Tao Te Ching, a collection of sayings expounding the principal Taoist teachings. It has 81 short poetic verses packed full of universal wisdom for politics, society, and personal life, and aims to support personal harmony through the right view and understanding of existence. The Tao (also known as the Way or the Dao) has baffled its readers for centuries with its cryptic and deliberate contradictions, yet it offers a profound contemplation to seekers, lending itself to varied interpretations and inner questioning.

Lao Tzu means ‘Old Master,’ and he was believed by some to be a God-realised being.

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The Tao is both named and nameless. As nameless it is the origin of all things; as named it is the Mother of 10,000 things. Ever desireless, one can see the mystery; ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations. And the mystery itself is the doorway to all understanding. – Wayne W. Dyer, Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

The Tao Te Ching is the basic text of Taoism, but it has also influenced Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism and is among some of the most translated works in world literature. This powerful text of the Tao, road or way of life, reflects the force of the universe and even the universe itself. While many have tried to make sense of its mystery, one man immersed himself in this text, literally living its wisdom, and then distilled the essence of these ancient mystery teachings for a modern audience.

In 2006, the late Wayne Dyer was inspired to spend his entire 65th year reading, researching, and meditating on Lao Tzu’s messages, going into retreat to practice them and ultimately write down the insights he felt Lao Tzu wanted us to know. Dr Dyer researched ten well-respected translations of the text and the result of that life-changing year was his best-selling book Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao.

Affectionately known as the Father of Motivation, Dr Dyer says Lao Tzu’s four cardinal virtues represent the surest way to leave habits and excuses behind and reconnect to your original nature. “The more your life is harmonised with the four virtues, the less you’re controlled by the uncompromising ego.”

Dr Dyer says Lao Tzu's four cardinal virtues represent the surest way to leave habits and excuses behind.Dr Dyer says Lao Tzu’s four virtues represent the surest way to leave habits and excuses behind.

The Tao encourages us to be in touch with our own selves, particularly our deepest selves, for when you know who you really are, that is when you discover eternal peace. Lao Tzu liked to compare different parts of nature to different virtues.

He said, “The best people are like water, which benefits all things and does not compete with them. It stays in lowly places that others reject. This is why it is so similar to the Way (Dao).” Each part of nature can remind us of a quality we admire and should cultivate ourselves—the strength of the mountains, the resilience of trees, the cheerfulness of flowers.

We enter life with a seemingly clean slate, a spectacular pathway ahead of us with unlimited potentials and choices. To navigate our lives and get a handle on the challenges and gifts life will throw at us, it is useful to have some sort of compass so that we don’t end up on the rocks or lost at sea.

For many people, this may be religion, morality, or the belief systems passed down by their family, and they may derive a sense of strength and direction through their strongly held inner compass sourced in this integrity. No matter what happens in life, they’ll always fall back on that maxim, whether it be, for example, to lead from the heart, or to be kind.

To realise the constancy and steadiness in your life is to realise the deep nature of the universe. This realisation is not dependent on any transitory internal or external condition, rather it is an expression of one’s own immutable spiritual nature. The only way to attain the Universal Way is to maintain the integral virtues of the constancy, steadiness and simplicity in one’s daily life. – Lao Tzu

The four cardinal virtues, or rules for living life, can provide a framework for a life filled with inner peace and purpose.

A framework for a life filled with inner peace and purpose.A framework for a life filled with inner peace and purpose.

1. Reverence for all Life

This virtue manifests as having unconditional love and positive regard for all creatures in the universe, starting with ourselves, then this will naturally flow out to all others. This reverence is for all life, not just some forms. It is honouring all forms of life, and at its core has an innate spiritual understanding of how the universe truly works – that we are all sparks of the one fire. When we live with reverence for all life, we surrender our need to control and to dominate. We naturally come into heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for all of life. This first virtue is the key to diminishing the ego.

Affirm this as often as you can, for when you see yourself in a loving way, you have nothing but love to extend outward. And the more you love others, the less you need old excuse patterns, particularly those relating to blame. – Wayne Dyer

2. Natural Sincerity

This virtue encompasses kindness and authenticity. To me, it has a feeling of compassion and an all-encompassing love for all beings. When we are sincere and act with integrity, we move towards peace and inner tranquility. Our conscience clear, we don’t have the inner niggles over our dishonest actions that can erode a peaceful mind. Much of these four pillars relate to karma, the law of cause and effect, and maintaining equilibrium and impeccability. This virtue is honesty, simplicity, and faithfulness, says Wayne Dyer. It is about being true to yourself and walking your talk.

According to Dyer, if you find this challenging, try affirming, “I no longer need to be insincere or dishonest. This is who I am, and this is how I feel.”

Having unconditional love and positive regard for all creatures in the universe.Having unconditional love and positive regard for all creatures in the universe.

3. Gentleness

Gentleness is a deeply powerful trait. Often interpreted as weakness, gentleness is sensitivity, respect, and reverence for all life. Perhaps this virtue can be summed up by the Dalai Lama who often says; “my religion is very simple, my religion is kindness.” In life, it is far more important to be kind than to be right, and to be kind rather than important. Gentleness is an umbrella for forgiveness, acceptance and love. It is much like the yogic term ahimsa, or non-violence. When we give up being right and being superior, we start accepting ourselves and others, and so much conflict in our lives drops away.

Gentleness generally implies that you no longer have a strong ego-inspired desire to dominate or control others, which allows you to move into a rhythm with the universe. You cooperate with it, much like a surfer who rides with the waves instead of trying to overpower them. Gentleness means accepting life and people as they are, rather than insisting that they be as you are. As you practice living this way, blame disappears and you enjoy a peaceful world. – Wayne Dyer

“My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness.”

4. Supportiveness

When we are supportive of ourselves, with kind words, loving actions and self-care, we are naturally supportive of others. This virtue is the basic tenet of humanity. We are naturally social beings and, at our core, we want to be with others and to help others. Many experiments show how humans are motivated by connection and will move towards this rather than other things. When we give to others, share and support others, we become happy.  Our lives become meaningful and our hearts full. Supportiveness is about service. Open-hearted service for the sake of helping others and benefiting others, with no thought to our own gain. Supportiveness is also about holding space for another, listening to another, and being there for others. It is radical loving kindness in action. This quote by the poet, Hafiz, sums it up: “Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth ‘you owe me.’”

The greatest joy comes from giving and serving, so replace your habit of focusing exclusively on yourself and what’s in it for you. When you make the shift to supporting others in your life, without expecting anything in return, you’ll think less about what you want and find comfort and joy in the act of giving and serving. – Wayne Dyer

Let these four virtues fragrance your life, and notice the grace and ease that will come your way. For each one of these virtues brings in a way of being that is light, graceful and flowing and will help you shed destructive, self-defeating patterns that sabotage your inner peace and happiness.

The four cardinal virtues are a road map to the simple truth of the universe. To revere all of life, to live with natural sincerity, to practice gentleness, and to be in service to others is to replicate the energy field from which you originated. – Dr Wayne Dyer

Rare White Giraffe Discovered

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , on September 19, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

Conservation Rangers were left stunned after the discovery of an extremely rare white giraffe and her calf.

Rumours had circulated of a white giraffe and her baby in the local area of the Ishaqbini conservation, in Garissa County, Kenya, but rangers finally got to see the real thing after a tip off in June, this year.

The group of giraffes appeared calm as the Rangers got closer and seemed undeterred by their presence. A ranger said: “While observing the magnificent long necked animal looking at us, I could not help but see the fading reticulates on their skin.

“It was evident that the colouration, especially on the mother giraffe, was not as conspicuous as the baby.”

The Lie We Live

Posted in 2017, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

Exposing the truth about our world. His name is Spencer Cathcart and this is a video he wrote & created called “The Lie We Live”. 

Wishing You the Best for 2017

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , , , on January 1, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Please What to do to Help them Save le Parc des Bouillides (French Riviera)

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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The Parc des Bouillides located around Valbonne, French Riviera is a very popular park in the South East part of France.

Everybody comes here to enjoy a “free” gorgeous area. You can chill out, play, run, practice sports in a preserved environment but not for long…

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It’s a must to stop the local politicians and the French Railway Company, SNCF, from destroying the Parc des Bouillides as they want to implement a railway station in the core of it!

4500 people live around the park plus many trees, animals, even a rare species of turtle.

Please help us out. In advance thank you for supporting its conservation by signing the petition online:

https://www.change.org/p/sauvons-le-parc-des-bouillides

And

Giving your opinion on the website of the “SNCF Ligne Nouvelle”. All voices matter:

http://www.lignenouvelle-provencecotedazur.fr/vos-avis

If you read (or not) French you can simply click on our page the “I Like” button and find out about our action on:

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Source:

https://sauvonsleparcdesbouillides.wordpress.com/2016/11/19/what-to-do-to-save-the-parc-des-bouillides-on-the-french-riviera-from-destruction/

 

One of the 19 of the Very Best ‘Uplifting Photos of the Day’

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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One Squirrel, One Thumb and LOTS of Cute…

 a hug from a baby squirrel [named Rocket] 

Human Beings.
Animals. Family. Fun. Friendship. Love. Laughter….

What more could you need?

Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time.
Clayton Christensen
More pictures on

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1086/19-of-the-very-best-uplifting-photos-of-the-day-kindness-blog/

African Animals Getting Drunk From Ripe Marula Fruit

Posted in 2014, animals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

A scene from “Animals are Beautiful People” that shows African animals getting drunk after eating fermenting marula fruit, the fruit used to make the alcoholic drink, Amarula. The film was made in 1974 and starred an all-animal cast of wild African animals. Shot in and around South Africa, the movie went straight to cinema and has thrilled audiences ever since.

One of the most beloved scenes from the nature documentary is the one shown in this clip. Baboons, elephants and even ostriches eat the ripe, fermenting marula fruit and start stumbling around in a drunken parody of humans who have been drinking.

“Animals are Beautiful People” draw many similarities between animals and humans, personifying the wild creatures in an attempt to inspire humans to view their animal brethren with more humanity.

 

Attached a Gopro to a crab net, surprised by what actually goes on down there.

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , on January 7, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

Without bees …. all this would be gone!!!

Posted in 2013 with tags , , on November 1, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

 

 

 

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.”

Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems

 

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It Is What It Is

Without bees .... all this would be gone??

The next time you see a bee buzzing around, remember that much of the food we eat depends significantly on natural insect mediated pollination – the key ecosystem service that bees and other pollinators provide.

Without insect pollination, about one third of the crops we eat would have to be pollinated by other means, or they would produce significantly less food.

Up to 75% of our crops would suffer some decrease in productivity. Undoubtedly, the most nutritious and interesting crops in our diet – including many key fruits and vegetables, together with some crops used as fodder in meat and dairy production – would be badly affected by a decline in insect pollinators; in particular, the production of apples, strawberries, tomatoes, and almonds would suffer.

The most recent estimate of the global economic benefit of pollination amounts to some €265bn, assessed as the value of crops dependent on natural pollination.

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Paradise Revisited, A return to the reefs of Kimbe Bay: Photographs by David Doubilet

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Paradise Revisited

A return to the reefs of Kimbe Bay

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/11/kimbe-bay/doubilet-photography

Purchase these prints

daviddoubilet.com

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