I seem to forget constantly to set time aside to read books (other than art instructional related books). Consequently, I have a stash of books I’ve been working on for a while. I won’t even define publicly what ‘a while’ entails in this context! Too embarrassed.
I picked up one of these said books last night. It’s called, “Wabi Sabi the Japanese Art of impermanence”. Wabi Sabi isn’t something that can be explained by how you arrange your furniture or placing wind chimes in strategic places throughout your yard or having the right colors in the right places in your home. It’s a very evolved philosophical way to approach life. I find that the more I learn about it, the more I am fascinated and connected to it.
Here’s the passage that I started off with that really resounds within me: “To be at one with the Tao, one must practice wu-wei and refrain from forcing anything to happen that does not happen of its own accord. To be at one with the Tao is to accept that we must yield to a power much greater than ourselves. Through this acceptance of the natural flow of life, and by discarding all learned doctrines and knowledge, a person is able to achieve real unity with the Tao.”
Wow. It really rings true, but it really is a TALL order! I think the hardest part for me is the part about discarding all learned doctrines and knowledge. The not forcing part, I’ve learned to embrace that over these past few years and I’ve learned that there is more ease in life when I do (go with the flow). Acknowledging a greater being than ourselves? Piece of cake! But, I don’t’ even know where to start to discard all learned doctrines and knowledge. That one is the ‘tall order’ part for me. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that I shan’t fret over the part that I can’t get a grip on and focus on the parts that I have.
And I will continue to keep on learning how to “just be”.
Just like this feather.
Image is from my expedition to Bosque Del Apache (NM).
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