Thanks for missing me ---
I've been reading the comments to my last post. I was halfway through writing responses to the comments when I realized that my response was turning into a blog post, so I've moved over here.
I am truly looking forward to having John's book, The Days of Wine and Roses, in my hands. (I'm also fascinated by the fact that he calls himself Jack. Who knew?) John, would you prefer to be called Jack, or is that just the name you use for publication purposes?
England - My husband is English, and he is always homesick, so we go to England pretty well every year. I love visiting England, but I'm homesick for Canada by the end of my three or four weeks' holiday.
Kathryn, I recommend to you the experience of climbing worn stone stairs to some little chapel that's been in use for over a thousand years. It's a memory you will cherish for the rest of your life. (I'll be there for most of May - come on over, and I'll show you around!)
As for Tai Chi, it's all about pushing and pulling, sending out energy and drawing it back, finding balance. Making room for Tai Chi in my life, making room for The Turtle, making a living, making poetry -- sometimes it is hard to get my balance, and when I stumble, as I often do, I'm left feeling angry and tired. Then nothing works. Nothing.
So here I am, trying again to get my balance. Bear with me, friends.
I'm reading a book called Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain, which addresses this quest for balance. In it, I found a beautiful quotation from Lieh-tzu -- and immediately, I wanted to share it with you. It describes the moment when Lieh-tzu stopped trying to push the river.
"It was then that the eye was like the ear, and the ear like the nose, and the nose like the mouth; for they were all one and the same. The mind was in rapture, the form dissolved, and the bones and flesh all thawed away; and I did not know how the frame supported itself and what the feet were treading upon. I gave myself away to the wind, eastward or westward, like leaves of a tree."
Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: pp. 72-73.