Thursday, May 05, 2016

'The Path' (2016): Journey III

Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh, The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016).

Like poetic fragments left by Sappho, here we go for Journey III.

". . . boundless curiosity about all that exists . . ." (page 150).

"Trained spontaneity means freeing ourselves of a conscious mind that is by definition restricted to a single self. Our mind gets in our way, causing us to battle against rather than flow with the Way . . . (pages 150-151). 

"What would it be like if I looked at the world as if I were a butterfly dreaming I am a human being? . . . (page 152).

". . . constantly cultivating . . . ability to imagine transcending our own experience . . ." (page 152.)
"The opposite of mindlessness and complacency is not mindfulness. It is engagement" (page 194).

"In this fractured and fragmented world, it's up to us to generate order. We are the ones who construct and give pattern to the world . . ." (page 197). 

Simplified 气 (Qi) from Stroke Order Project, Wiki Commons. 

Today's Rune: Movement. 

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

A Butterfly dreaming. Great title, that would be. I think butterflies might be happier dreaming only their own dreams though.