As I am picking up a blogging project that has faltered and stalled over the last year and a half, I thought it was worthwhile to just re-introduce you all to it, so that if you drop in mid-stream you aren’t trying to figure out what I’m talking about.
Anybody remember those read-along books that came with a 7″ record that you listened to while you followed along in the book (complete with magic sounds to tell you when to turn the page)? Well this is sort of like that, so grab yourself a copy of of Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching and read each chapter as I pull key lines from it and expound on what it means to me (in that moment anyway, every time I read it something else grabs me and runs me on a different tangent).
You could call this a sort of Taoism for Dummies, a read-along series for those wanting to understand the paradoxical nature of Taoism, letting go, and just being.
This was originally supposed to be a project laid out over a few months; now, as the path to true happiness lies in lower expectations (and I now have several other projects in full swing), I’m aiming to average about one post a week on this theme, which will land me into 2015 before I finish it. So lots of time for you to go back to the beginning, catch up and follow along amid all the hubbaballoo that is the rest of your life.
Oh, and I’d love your comments – even on the old posts. Everybody has a different spin on what any of these topics means to them, and often one of those perspectives lights something up in somebody else, helps them see it in a way that is more meaningful to them. So please do share that perspective, and light that spark of understanding in someone else …maybe even me, I’m still learning too!
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Actually, there is a real “Taoism for Dummies,” by Jonathan Herman, and it’s very good for correcting misconceptions about Taoism!
Awesome! There ya go people, there is in fact a Taoism for Dummies if you want to get into the details of Taoism rather than (or in addition to) the contextual, how this fits into daily life, perspective I provide here.
Heh heh heh. I loved those read-alongs. Made me smile thinking about them. Just getting my copy of the Tao Te ching Now. Eager to join the conversation.
Yay! So jazzed to have you on board. Onward!
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