Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

martial arts

Oh Right, I Knew That

The universe has been giving me plenty of writing material in the joke’s-on-me category. This time it’s about developing a website and working on a new book project.  For years I have quietly cruised along on my little blog, happy to use Blogger, grateful for all those who have subscribed by email. Then recently Blogger …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 79

  A sweet little chapter with a turn the other cheek message. It begins by observing that even after a conflict is settled, some resentment often remains. So how can we bring true peace to a situation?  Using contracts as an example, the chapter says that the sage holds up her end of the bargain, …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 78

Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water Yet nothing is better for overcoming what is hard and stiff   As we approach the end of the Tao Te Ching’s 81 chapters, the text returns to the theme of water. Water is the most common metaphor for the energy of Tao. It flows …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 76

A person at birth is soft and gentle At death is hard and unyielding Sprouting plants are tender and supple At death are brittle and dry Stiff and unyielding are associated with death Soft and gentle with life   The wisdom in this chapter is easy to understand from our own observations. Babies learning to …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 70

This is a beautiful chapter that acknowledges how elusive something so simple can be.My words are very easy to knowVery easy to put into practiceYet under heaven no one is able to know themNo one can put them into practiceWhen people ask me to explain Tao to them, or ask me what they need to …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 69

This chapter carries forward the teaching in the last chapter about power and conflict. Warriors have a saying:I do not presume to be the host (aggressor) but would rather be the guest (defender)Rather than advance an inch, I would retreat a footThis is called going forward without advancing This passage reminds me of the martial …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 61

This chapter address the theme of power in the context of the relationship between large and small countries. Like other chapters addressing nations and government, this chapter can also apply to individuals – how we govern ourselves and how we relate to others. A large country is like a river deltaThe lowest point where all …

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