Category: Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week Archive

Expressions of Tao

#51 of the Tao te Ching says:

Every being in the universe is an expression of the Tao.  It springs into existence, unconsious, perfect, free….  The act of Being allows us to experience this type of freedom.  As mind and body blend, the experience is quite simply there.  The only effort required to experience this is to allow feeling to have an equal part in our lives. ~Alain & Jody Herriott

Body, conscious, existence, Expressions, mind, Tao, unconscious

Stop thinking

Number 20 of the Tao te Ching begins with: 

Stop thinking, and end your problems.

What difference between yes and no?

What difference between success and failure?

Must you value what others value,

avoid what others avoid?

How ridiculous!

When the mind is at peace, when feeling and mind work together, harmony is the result.  The internal conflict drops away and comparing everything and everyone relative to ourselves is no longer necessary.  We now have the opportunity to live without the conflict of an overactive mind and we realize we are enough, happy and whole simply through being alive.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott 

Quiet and harmony

Quiet–when the mind is quiet harmony rules our world.  We are at peace and ease is our word for the day.  Take the time to sensate the feelings within you; allow them to bubble up and link body and mind.  Enjoy. ~Alain & Jody Herriott 

ease, harmony, peace, quiet

Intention and Attention

Intention and attention. In many disciplines intention and attention are baselines within the application of their work. The Wonder Method uses them as well. Many models use them with a very active or critical mental approach.

In TWM we use them only as a way to access sensation. This is where things get interesting. Feelings, or more accurately stated, sensations, arise and are given greater access by lightening the amount of attention we apply to an intention. For example if you want to touch your toes (this is the intention) most would bend forward and reach or push the body as far as the flexibility allows, and how far you got would be the result.

With TWM we choose to make it more of a journey versus an end result. We allow sensation to be enhanced by using the Breath with Wonder, and then allow that added sense of continuity to be present in our body while gently and gradually descending or pouring toward our toes. Any strain or overt stress is counter productive and implies the mind has gotten overactive and is striving. We still have an intention, to melt or flow toward our toes but only to the extent that this motion continues to be connected to a sense of inner continuity or flow.

When we reach the limit of that action (ie. touching our toes), whether we have reached them or not, or exceeded that action (like palms flat on the floor) then we reverse the motion continuing to experience that flow as we flow back up.

The whole purpose of the exercise is discovery of inner continuity versus touching the toes. This brings an entirely new spin on movement and when this is applied to emotional upset or limiting beliefs everything changes. We reawaken to the discovery of being, much as we did as a young child.

~Alain & Jody Herriott

attention, beliefs, emotional, Intention, Journey

Define self through others

Most people define themselves by what others think of them.  What if instead they felt the sensations within themselves, used any technique that fostered self awareness and chose to feel who they are vs what they believe other people want from them.  In our experience better balance is had for both the individual and those they are around.  Presence is usually experienced as a relative sense of balance and harmony when one is around someone who practices presence.  We encourage you to be you.  Balance naturally springs from this way of living.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott 

balance, define self, meaning, others

To become whole


The Tao te Ching says: “If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial.  If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked…..”  They mean we most often learn by comparison.  In effect we can’t perceive the concept of being straight unless there is some awareness of being crooked.  As the mind quiets through allowing the sensation within ourself to arise, that which felt partial becomes whole and so on.  We are now more and more at peace, balanced and in harmony with our surroundings.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

crooked, partial, straight, tao te Ching, whole

Listening to our self talk

So much of our life is spent in listening to our self talk and believing it.  It’s not that what it is saying is good or bad, it’s that it never stops, no rest.  That is what drives us nuts.  In order to bridge the gap between the overactive mind and a harmonious state, we simply feel the sensations within us that are always there.  Feeling our feelings vs simply talking about them brings us into “presence” and balance in our lives. ~Alain & Jody Herriott

balance, monkey mind, Presence, self, talk

The Lazy Man’s Guide

In The Lazy Mans Guide to Enlightenment, Thaddeus Golas says: Enlightenment doesn’t care how you get there.  So many rules are told to us about how we have to do something in order to be worthy. When things are balanced the how is less important than the willingness to embrace possibility. The sheer act of beginning our search for who we really are is the first step on this path, and whatever takes you there is exactly the path to follow.  No judgement, simply the pursuit of self.  Feeling and the unfolding of inner judgement is the way we have found that works beautifully on the path of self discovery.  Enjoy ~Alain & Jody Herriott

Enlightenment, Lazy

Nothing is as soft

The Tao te Ching says:  Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water. Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it. Each time we feel a feeling, truly allowing it to be experienced, we are beginning to balance ourselves.  With each repetition we dissolve a layer of resistance to what we see or are upset about.  Eventually we are balanced.  Mind and body are integrated and we are at peace.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

Body, mid, Soft, tao te Ching, water, yielding