Yijing

Dec 132011
 
Storm Clouds by Failing Angel

It is generally not a good idea to have any favourites. This way, you will not favour one thing over another and have bias in your actions. Even so, one of my favourite changes in life is the time of deliverance.

How can I not like it? After a period of difficulty and hardship, tensions begin to ease; things take a turn for the better. I have survived a time of danger and am now on the threshold of reaching my goals. But here it pays to be cautious and manage well to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Complacency can be my undoing. How then should you manage a time of deliverance?
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Apr 072011
 
Cow by Maraker

All of us have hopes and dreams, but the process of making them a reality is not easy. On our journey towards our goals, we are likely to face various obstructions that block our path. Take the case of 15-year-old Regina Mayer. Her dream is to ride a horse, but her parents refused to get her one. Undaunted, the resourceful teen made do with riding a cow named Luna instead.

Riding a cow is certainly not surprising. But if you are like me, you probably never heard of people riding a cow like a horse to do jumps. I certainly had to see the remarkable video for myself. In the end, this incident is instructive. It shows that when we face obstruction to our plans, the best course of action is to find other options.
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Apr 022011
 
Procrastinating by Bruce

“It is not difficult to wield a sword in one hand; the Way to learn this is to train with two long swords, one in each hand. It will seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.” Such are the timeless words of the famous swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. Everything is difficult at first, but we should not let this hinder us from getting started. Instead, we should accept this as part of the learning process and take heart knowing that as we grow in experience, the difficulty will lessen. How then are we to manage the difficulty we face and reach that level of experience? In all things, there is a natural way of attaining success. I shall now share that way with you.
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Mar 152011
 
Aftermath of Sendai Earthquake by Wikipedia

A few days ago, everything was running smoothly in Japan. Today, the country is struggling to cope with the aftermath of an epic disaster. It is hard to look at the crisis that has hit Japan and not feel saddened by the great loss of lives. Meanwhile, the survivors have to deal with the massive disruptions and recovery. But things could have been far worse.

Given that Japan sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, it is prone to frequent and powerful earthquakes. This is a fact that the Japanese have taken measures to deal with. Many buildings in Japan have deep foundations and shock absorbers to manage the impact of earthquakes. Both adults and children know what to do if an earthquake strikes. In fact, Japan is one of the most prepared countries in the world to deal with massive earthquakes. They are always in a state of constant readiness because of the constant danger. It is because of this preparation that Japan has managed to reduce the damage caused by this crisis.
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Feb 082011
 
Cloud Forest by Luca5

Nature provides much insight about life if we take the time to notice. Being like water for example can help us to manage the problems we face. Then, there is the matter of gradual development. No matter how much we try to rush matters, everything will only unfold at its own time. If we complete a process through excessive haste, the desired outcome will not occur. This applies to many areas in life. Whether it is the growth of a tree or the growth of a relationship or even the growth of a nation, only gradual development can ensure lasting success.
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Jan 302011
 
Eating by The Hidaway

How do you feel after watching a sad movie or reading a depressing book? Most likely, you would feel awful. But when you watch a comedy or read a light-hearted novel, you are likely to feel good. As you can see, the way we choose to nourish ourselves can produce different results. In fact, it can make or break us. Yet when it comes to our nourishment, most of us follow our moods and passions without considering the long-term effects. While it may not be immediately apparent, every action and choice we make in life has a price. We can choose to pay it now or later. If you wish to take control of your life, then it is important that you pay close attention to the way you nourish yourself.
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Jan 192011
 
Statue of Liberty by Kevin Gilmour

Most people are aware of the tragedy of the Tucson shootings that has marred the start of 2011. But such shootings are not a one-off thing. This is unlikely to be the last shooting that we will see. As I read Sandra Lee’s article, it reminded me of the heavy price that comes with freedom.

In this day and age, we have endless choices and possibilities that those before us did not. It is true that freedom is not uniform across the world. Some countries have more freedom than others do. Yet freedom taken to the extreme can only result in tragedies. In fact, anything taken to the extreme can lead to problems. As such, I wish to share two sources which I feel sheds light on the price of freedom.
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Jan 072011
 

“We human beings are only a part of something very much larger…We must use whatever methods we can to understand the movement of the universe around us and time our actions so that we are not fighting the currents, but moving with them.
-Memoirs of the Geisha”

Dark Path by Scott Clout

Infinite possibilities lie before us. But not all of these options are beneficial to our lives. Life, as you and I know, is about making choices. It is about creating your future, through your actions and choices, with the help of the 6 steps.

Yet to create this future, you have to leave your comfort zone and venture forth into the great unknown. To reach your goals, you have to go through the darkness of uncertainty. Even with the best-laid plans, you are bound to stumble over unseen obstacles. You are bound to let unforeseen developments catch you off guard. Today I tell you that this need not be the case. With the 7th step, you will gain greater clarity about the opportunities and pitfalls that lie along your chosen path. If you so choose, you can reduce uncertainty in your life and light your way to your future.
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Dec 212010
 
Yijing Hexagram Table by Zero-X

The I-Ching, Yijing or Book of Changes was born thousands of years ago in China. It started out as a divination manual and slowly evolved into a book of wisdom as well. Throughout the ages, people from all levels of society have turned to it for advice. They include emperors, statesmen, thinkers, merchants and common folk. Even today, the Yijing remains relevant. Thanks to the efforts of Richard Wilhelm, Carl Jung and the many Yijing enthusiasts out there, it is more famous and more widely read than ever. For me, it is the one book that I reread on a daily basis. If you wonder why, here is a list of benefits that I have derived from reading the Yijing.
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Dec 082010
 
Inner Peace by Tung072

All too often, life can deal us a bad hand that we do not expect. In Hexagram 51, the I-Ching calls these unexpected changes shocks of fate. This shock could be the loss of a job when you have a family to feed. It could also be the loss of your loved ones, home, savings or anything that gives you security. Few of us are prepared to deal with shocks of fate. This is why they unsettle us so deeply when they happen.

During such times, it is easy for us to lose our presence of mind and panic. Yet to give into fear and despair during these crucial moments only compounds /ur problems for us. In the face of a crisis, only a godlike calm and composure will help you to survive the ordeal.
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