February 22-A, 2023

Magnolia Blossom 02 05/24/2012 Oil Paint Rendered
The Middle Way is preferred 
by all of the spiritual systems
I know about.

The lesson of the Greek myth 
about Daedalus and Icarus is,
"Don't let your inflations
get you down!"

Balancing our highs and lows
is the true work of ego
in minding the emotional flow
and keeping it within 
the normal and customary range
for reactions to the events
of our life.

Balance and harmony
is the true aim of life
according to the old Taoist sages,
and working to keep Yin and Yang
in sync
maintains the pace and flow of each day.

Regular times during the day
for emotional check-ins 
helps with being conscious
of the state of our being,
and puts us in charge
of regulating our response
to the circumstances as they change
throughout each day.

Reducing noise,
and drama,
and increasing time spent
with emptiness, 
and silence,
help to maintain our relationship
with the AUM of life
from situation to situation,
and positions us to be able
to respond appropriately
to rising to the occasion,
one after another.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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