Category: Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week Archive

In the Tao te Ching

In the 2nd Tao te Ching it says “When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly.  When people see some things as good, other things become bad.” It goes on to say “Being and non being create each other.  Difficult and easy support each other….” Our judgement of circumstances cause internal conflict. If we view right and wrong as being absolute we get caught in the mind trap that there are no alternatives to the way we are living.  Yet if we choose to experience the gentle sensations inside of us, these seeming judgements begin to drop away and we again return to harmony and a life in balance.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

bad, balance, good, judgement, Life, Tao, tao te Ching

Awakening. What does it mean

Awakening.  What does it mean? For us, within the experience of The Wonder Method exercises, it allows us to have a quiet mind, peacefulness and a sense of balance and wholeness.  Hand in hand with this is allowing ourselves to feel the sensations within knowing they lead us to an ever deeper experience of balance and happiness.  We encourage you to feel what is inside you and let it carry you to ever greater fulfillment. ~Alain & Jody Herriott

awakening, balance, Happiness, meaning, quiet mind

The Nature of Being and the Tao te Ching

The Tao te Ching in Stephen Mitchells translation says in #2

When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly.  When people see some things as good, other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.  

Difficult and easy support each other.  Long and short define each other.

High and low depend on each other.  Before and after follow each other…….

Comparisons, in our lives we tend to compare most everything.  It is how we relate to different experiences and it is what underlies our need to Judge.  While these comparisons have their place, the need to be right or wrong, to justify an action, leads us deeper into drama vs balance.  The art of sensating is what allows us to move beyond the need to be right or wrong, to bypass the mind and enter being.  We invite you to feel the sensations that arise within you, especially when feeling conflict, and to let them change, evolve and in so doing allowing yourself to BE.

~Alain & Jody Herriott

The Tao that can be told

The Tao te Ching in the first section says “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao”.  It goes on and on about the desire to know and the willingness to enter the mystery explaining that both arise for the same source… the unknown.  If we think of feeling as the connection that opens us to the mysterious and over active mind that keeps us caught in the drama of life, we begin notice a pattern. Sensation allows us to experience an open ended life, one filled with the mysterious.  The over active mind keeps us caught in the continual mind story, the drama that never ends.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

feeling, mind, Tao, told, unknown

We approach each day

As we approach each day we are usually thinking about what needs to be done and how to go about it, who to contact and the rest of what we call accomplishing the day.  What if instead we gently orient from the inside, feeling our sensations, and choose to use this art of presence to accompany us throughout the day.  We would still get all the same things done and likely more.  The internal dialogue will be greatly reduced or simply gone.  The need to achieve will instead become more of a dance of “being” from moment to moment in simple exchanges of balance and wholeness.  We invite you to dance with us in the ever evolving game of being.   ~~Alain & Jody Herriott

Approach, dance, feel, internal dialogue

As the year winds

As the year winds to its end,  many of us look to the future for things to get better or old painful memories to be forgotten.  Yet there is always something within us that still carries the old fears .  That is why it is valuable to feel our sensations and allow them to unfold.  Be willing to feel; it is safe and it leads us back to balance and wholeness.  Happy New Year everyone.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

fears, sensations, winds, Year

Beauty in Silence

Have you noticed the beauty in the silence?  The mind isn’t usually comfortable with it.  It wants constant feedback from itself. The mind believes that all of it is real, yet it is only the box that it has been playing in.  As the feelings within us are allowed to be experienced, then the silence many only experience outside of themselves, becomes the new normal.  Balance, the exquisite harmony of the integration of body and mind. ~Alain & Jody Herriott

balance, Beauty, feeling, Silence

As we evolve

As we evolve on the path of self awareness our experiences change. The softness within expands, and the sense of vastness as a daily experience in life appears to as well. Our awarenesses vary; sometimes just occurring naturally, sometimes affected by how we choose to focus our attention.  Enjoy the journey. ~Alain & Jody Herriott

The willingness to feel

The willingness to feel may seem odd.  After all aren’t we feeling all the time?  Most of us are actually judging our feelings, naming things as good or bad and then living in reaction to that experience.  Most of the time everything feels like turmoil instead of harmony.  That’s why we need to feel our feelings at the sensation level.  Letting the sensations arise and allowing them to change through a gentle interface can lead us to greater balance and harmony.

~Alain & Jody Herriott