Category: Daoist Reflections

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Why should I love nature although I do sort of

Today, we had our first snow of the 2018/19 winter. It’s early this year, so early in fact that it caught people unprepared. The kindergarteners have not yet seen the winter expectations video because they did NOT understand what “no throwing snow” meant or “you must have snow pants to...

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Which nature do you mean?

I stopped to take a photo today of a praying mantis. This jerk didn’t like my attention. I’ve never seen a mantis fly, especially not right at me. Insects in general are pretty horrible creatures. They eat anything smaller than themselves, including their own siblings and babies. They don’t often...

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Life is big, my stomach is not

Maintaining direction is tough, especially the more time I spend on social media or the web generally. I’ve always had a strong inner direction, personal interests that aren’t much changed (even if judged) by others, but as I get older, the world is actually getting bigger. That means I see...

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Daoism has nothing to say about what you should do

If you’re new to Daoism, I encourage you to read the original works. Don’t rely on people you follow on social media. The beauty of the writings of Laozi and Zhuangzi is the emphasis on living our stories spontaneously without an attempt to control, define, or evaluate them. Implicit, and...

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My 15-year-old knows everything

This week has been filled with conversations with my oldest child. The conversations are about his future, as well as opinions on everything I have to say about life. In other words, my 15-year-old knows everything. As I listened to him telling me I was wrong to think this or...

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Challenging attachment

This summer I’m working one-on-one with a student. Most of my work for the schools is with large groups of children; I supervise K-6th grade recess during the regular school year. The school district assigned me to a student who has Doose Syndrome. She’s 10 years old and reading at...

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Let’s get philosophical

Non-doing (wuwei), non-knowing (wuzhi), non-desiring (wuyu). These are the keys to walking with Dao. What a bunch of bullshit. When I first read about Dao, I dismissed it as nonsense. Isn’t this “un-ness” what we think of as “chaos,” after all? Musn’t this worldview necessarily end in nihilism? At that...

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What’s a hedonist after all

My oldest sister experienced a midlife transformation. She had been a rather “wild” adolescent and politically liberal until she was about fifty. At that time she joined the Catholic Church, became highly involved in her parish’s activities, and then judgments rolled from her tongue with the sweet blindness of a...