Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl


Three Qualities of Integrating Body, Mind, Spirit

I’ve had the pleasure lately of working with several folks practicing basic principles of taiji and standing meditation. These basic principles integrate body, mind, and spirit to help us live our lives functioning as our whole selves, or, as I like to say, firing on all cylinders. Different people will of course have different ideas …

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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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Gone to Ground

People in the United States have traditionally greeted each other with the question “How are you?” It is often intended as a perfunctory politeness, not a genuine question about health and well-being. The typical answer is “Fine thanks. You?” Lately, however, I get the sense when asked, that people are sincerely asking how I’m really doing. …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 64 (Part 1)

This uncharacteristically long chapter comprises several parts that may at one time have been separate. It reminds me of the book of Proverbs in the Bible, which contains many pearls of wisdom that can be considered as stand alone verses. Because of its length, I’m going to break discussion of this chapter into two posts. …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 42

The first part of this chapter carries its deepest meaning. It begins with a brief version of creation. Tao gives birth to oneOne gives birth to twoTwo give birth to threeThree give birth to the ten thousand things Using symbols, this progression can be illustrated by the movement from wuji, or unlimited potential, to taiji, …

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