Archive | February 2015

Dream aunt Dao

good aunt dao cropped

In the dream my yoga teacher is showing me an excersize book with a colour crayon background, and written by a child, perhaps a niece.  The child has rewritten the Tao te Ching with a ball point pen, with the “sound man”, “ruler”, “sage” replaced with the aunt, or perhaps “the good aunt”.

In the dream I try hard to remember the Chapter she is showing me, something about seeing.

Perhaps it was Chapter 12?

Racing, chasing, hunting, can drive people mad
And what they achieve leave them no peace.
Therefore the good aunt
Prefers the inner to the outer eye:
She has her yes, –she has her no.

(text after Witter Bynner and others)




High summer railway flowers

High summer railway flowers

“Who can by stillness, little by little

make what is troubled grow clear?

Who can by movement, little by little

make what is still grow quick?


To follow the Way

is not to need fulfillment.

Unfulfilled, one may live on

needing no renewal. ”

from Ursula K. Le Guin’s rendition of Lao Tzu –  Tao Te Ching.

High summer railway flowers              High summer railway flowers