Day 163 “Time Travel”

My granddaughter’s arms reach up above her head, her tiny hands each grasping one of my fingers.  She takes a wobbly step forward and then pauses to gaze in the glass counter beside us. “Buh”, she says. “Pretty”  I respond.  The cabinet showcases an array of colourful china cups.  “Keep going.” She takes a few […]

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Day 162 “Competitive Communication”

The sound of tinkling glass alerted me to an incoming text and despite the company around me, I had to look. “A new video of the baby!”  I exclaimed, hitting play before anyone could protest.  (As if that would stop me anyway.) “Look at how tiny she is,” my friend noted.  “My granddaughter is twice […]

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Day 161 “Fundamental Questions”

“Uncanny.”  The nurse glances at my arrival over her shoulder, her tiny charge cradled in one arm, the other administering treatment.  “I can tell you have entered the unit even before I see you – the baby’s vitals stabilize every time.” A young, dark-haired woman smiles up at me.  She is the baby’s mother. “How […]

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Day 160 “Nature Everywhere”

my heart is a caged bird whom I guard as if her very existence sustains me oblivious to her beauty to her suffering I keep her in a jewelled cage of golden bars and convince myself that her satin pillows suffice to bring her comfort and still she wanes and I do not understand i […]

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Day 159 “The Tao of Compassion”

Compassion did not come easily for me during my father’s dying years.  Instead, I felt an ending to the years of tyranny, and a lessening of the tension between us.  The former six foot plus commando had lost his strength and ability to intimidate.  I felt sympathy for him, and an incliniation that maybe this […]

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Day 158 “The Meditative Walk”

Just steps away from the car park there is a big old oak tree whose branches extend over the river.  I start here, releasing any stress from the day, and saying a prayer of invocation. When I am ready I start my walk, first along the path through the woods and then circling back by […]

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Synchronicity

  Daylight had just begun to creep into the night sky when an insistent tapping woke me.   Fighting against the fog of sleep, my mind struggled to identify the source of the sound.  It was coming from a window, across the room.  A small bird was tapping frantically on the windowsill.  Silly bird, I thought.  […]

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Day 156 “Good and Evil”

Jane first contacted me because she thought she was under psychic attack.  I agreed to meet her at her apartment. A slender, attractive blond answered the door. “Jane?”  I noted her hesitancy, but she stepped aside to let me in. The apartment was small, and despite the clutter, quite tidy.  I asked her permission to […]

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Day 155 “Straw Dogs”

In today’s reflection, Derek Lin explains that straw dogs are small figurines, woven from straw, that are used in rituals, and later burnt or discarded.  He says that we are like straw dogs in the ritual of life, eventually discarded in death.   He suggests that this imagery should help us put things in perspective, and […]

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Day 154 “Modern Cultivators”

I am not a practicing Taoist. My first awareness of the Tao was through Tai Chi.  I asked the instructor what Tao was and he said simply, “How”.  I later read The Tao of Leadership, much of which resonated with me. This blog was inspired by a book of daily reflections based on the Tao:  […]

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