WARNING: Action and Excitement to Follow (Let’s Talk About Grass)

  You may have heard the expression, "It's like watching grass grow," meaning that something is very boring. Today, we're going to up the ante a little and talk about the grass growing. And how exciting and action-packed it is. When people use the word mindfulness, it can usually be taken to loosely refer to a … Continue reading WARNING: Action and Excitement to Follow (Let’s Talk About Grass)

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2013: Clap, Everyone – it’s Over!

"I can't help but think I won't still be at this job at the end of the year - which probably means I will be fired, because I'm not gonna quit unless something really crazy happens. It will probably suck, and this probably isn't gonna be the easiest year, but it's probably necessary in terms … Continue reading 2013: Clap, Everyone – it’s Over!

HELP: The Only Way I Will Know if I was Right is if You Tell Me

  A year ago, I decided get the best view I could, stand up tall, and try and forecast the content, character, and rhythm of the year that then lay before us. Not merely a prediction, the aim was also to incorporate helpful ways in which we might respond to our conditions to take advantage … Continue reading HELP: The Only Way I Will Know if I was Right is if You Tell Me

How’s My Aim? I Need to Hear From You!

A year ago, I decided get the best view I could, stand up tall, and try and forecast the content, character, and rhythm of the year that then lay before us. Not merely a prediction, the aim was also to incorporate helpful ways in which we might respond to our conditions to take advantage of … Continue reading How’s My Aim? I Need to Hear From You!

XXVIII. CAUGHT IN THE FLOOD

There's no way of getting around it - here, we are presented with unmitigated disaster. This not just any old rough time or seasonal storm, either. We are told again and again throughout the text that this is also an important and significant time. In other words, wake up and pay attention, because absolutely everything, … Continue reading XXVIII. CAUGHT IN THE FLOOD

XXVII. Watch your Mouth

If you stretch your imagination a little bit, you can see the hexagram above as the image of a mouth - the upper jaw and lower jaw on top and bottom and the opening in the middle. The topic here is nourishment, for it is into the mouth that food (nourishment of the self) enters … Continue reading XXVII. Watch your Mouth

XXVI. Does the Public Need You?

Here, we have a hexagram that serves almost as a mini-essay on the nature of a person who is sort of born to be a politician (in the best sense of the word, not the worst). Written multiple thousands of years ago, it's something of a marvel that it seems so applicable to this day.What … Continue reading XXVI. Does the Public Need You?

XXV. In Times of Doubt and Uncertainty, Fear Nothing

Yet again, I am forced to remind myself (in vain, unfortunately) that all 64 hexagrams in the I Ching are to be taken as equals. Having said that, the twenty-fifth is just overflowing with the kind of wisdom and truth we so desperately need in our days and weeks, especially when we are facing difficulties … Continue reading XXV. In Times of Doubt and Uncertainty, Fear Nothing

XXIII. The Dead End

There is absolutely no way around it - the twenty-third hexagram is a gigantic, catastrophic bummer of epic proportions. It's almost definitely the darkest depiction we have covered so far. The elementary symbolism should be apparent just from looking at the shape of the hexagram itself. There's only one light line left, and it's leaving. … Continue reading XXIII. The Dead End

XX. The High View

For the purposes of this hexagram, we are provided a very clear image of a tower upon a hill. The sage who sits atop the tower can see far and wide, understanding the world and its people below. Just as importantly, though, the sage himself can be seen by all the people. It's just as … Continue reading XX. The High View