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07 May 2004 @ 10:34 am
Tao of the Day  
Let them not thoughtlessly indulge themselves in their ordinary life; let them not act as if weary of what life depends on.

It is by avoiding such indulgence that such weariness does not arise.

- Lao Tzu (72: Legge)
Kburgunder on May 7th, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC)
I love eating good food.

I love the big blanket that keeps me warm when it's cold.

I love that I can afford to wash my clothes in a washer and dryer because handwashing is a lot more effort than I expected, but even if I had to handwash my clothes, I'd love that I have the easy access to warm water and the abundance of clothes I have to require doing it.

The more I pay attention to my daily comforts, the less I pine over what I lack, which will always be an infinite list because it's a big world and we Americans have a lot of Potential Stuff to Acquire.

Gratitude can replace self-pity. I've seen that again and again among Holocaust survivors, the generation that weathered the Great Depression, Soviet Union ex-patriots, etc.

I'm beginning to learn how to be humble and grateful. I have a long way to go, though.
Ichiban Chandomichan on May 7th, 2004 05:50 pm (UTC)
I was hanging out with my friend Monica last night, who is an astrologer. She has a 13 year old daughter (Ariel) who spends every other weekend with her father, and while there, despite Ariel's protests, he used to insist on taking her to his Unitarian church. His reasoning was that if Ariel didn't have a spiritual path, well, dammit, he was going to decide on one for her. While trying to figure out how to resolve this, Monica suggested to Ariel that maybe she explore some different spiritual paths and see if one called out to her. Well, after doing some thinking and research, she decided to explore Buddhism. Ever since she was little it had appealed to her on different levels, so Monica took her to one of the local monasteries/services (I'm not sure what you call it) one Sunday to see if it resonated with her. And BOY, did it. She was in, hook line and sinker. She just knew that *this* is what held truth and meaning to her. So, she's been attending services every other Sunday with Monica (who isn't Buddhist, but supports her daughter) since last October, and is still going strong. Of course, her dad respects her path and doesn't make her attend his church anymore.

I just had to share this with you. It made me smile.
Kburgunder on May 7th, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)
Wow. Go mom for suggesting the peaceful compromise. Thank you for sharing this!

Do you think it's important for young people to have spirituality?
Ichiban Chandomichan on May 7th, 2004 08:18 pm (UTC)
Hmm, it's hard to say. Spirituality is such a personal, subjective thing, and I think that if it calls to someone they should explore it. If it doesn't, then there's no need to push it. I think a young person should be presented with as many spiritual options as possible, and be encouraged to do what their heart tells them, whether that is to follow a path, follow their own, or wait until the idea appeals to them.