The Maui Taoist

Adrift in time upon an endless sea…..

Category: Simplifying Life

Make me uncomfortable…PLEASE!

Are you comfy?
Is everything okay?
May I help you?
I’ll do it for free!

Why don’t you just rest awhile?
Whats the hurry?
Are you upset?
Why don’t you just go to sleep…?

ARRRRGGGHHHH! I say
Changes will happen, will you rise to the occasion?

Will complacency lull you into a stupor as your life force slips away?

It is all too easy to ignore the energy draining mess that has become your life!

Let me light a fire under you…Adapt or wake up dead.

The house is on fire!

The volcanoes going off!

Here comes a flash flood!

Get the lead out!

Life’s most important lessons are often veiled in mystery.  I like a good crisis personally. It helps me find the essential. What would you take if the house was burning? What if you actually looked at your life and asked if you have lived it lately; if not now, when?

There is nothing like an emergency to liven things up. Too bad they are so rare in our posh little world that we have built for ourselves. This could be the downfall of our way of life. The “Nanny State” is a good example. We need to learn to fend for ourselves.

The human race as evolved into it’s own worst enemy! We have become soft and spoiled!  I love to rough it some, there is certainty in my ability to handle what life brings my way. Courage, and some street smarts, bring on the apocalypse, let’s get deliberate!

Do you know the Way?
Would you wait until you are drowning to learn how to swim? Act now!

Copyright Cory Williams 2012

Losing weight is easy…

What would you rather have,
a full schedule…or free time
one thousand Facebook friends…or one best friend
the burden of a million possessions…or everything you own in a backpack
billions of adoring fans…or time alone?

Would you rather feel,
overwhelmed with emotion…or have peace of mind
bloated and full…or empty and thin
that your going too fast…or taking it easy
stressed with an endless loop of thoughts…or emptiness?

What would you rather do,
fill your day with activities… or play naked on the beach
please others…or please no one
clean and organize your things…or minimize your life
live a life of quiet desperation…or break free from the world?

What do you think is easier,
to be disciplined…or to follow your heart
to maintain possessions…or to let go of them
grabbing and stuffing all you can…or leaving things be
to make plans and set goals…or let nature take its course?

Many people think grabbing and stuffing our lives with things is so great…until they are overwhelmed with junk, overwhelmed by emotions, stressed with commitments, annoyed by people wanting things from them, and overweight and out of shape.

Almost all of our problems come from too much. We have the technology to live without all these encumbrances; we can avoid most of the maladies that befall us. Have the courage to love yourself, just say no to anything that takes you away from your center.

What is the first word a child learns? No….when we say NO to junk, we say YES to love. Quality not quantity.

My way is simple yet no one can follow it…
I have only these three treasures,
Simplicity, Patience and Compassion.

*for actual weight loss info see the comments

Copyright Cory Williams 2012

Loving Yourself

All love is self love

We are always alone; and yet, we are never alone

There is a simplicity in loving Tao

It is essential for our happiness to be at peace with the Way

Love only the Way and it will never let you down

Live like the Way and you will never let anyone down

Do not allow others to define you

Let go of the need to define yourself

Know yourself, understand yourself, love yourself, and then…

let yourself go

You have always been one with all things

Forget your mundane contrivances

Find the essential self

Merge with Tao

As Tao loves all things…

Love yourself

Copyright Cory Williams 2012

Less is more

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Not wanting something is better then possessing it.

Simple = perfect

The best things in life are not things

The secret to happiness, enjoy less

Simplicity = happiness

The simplest things are usually the truest

Simply beautiful

Excellence is simplicity

Simplicity is elegance

Simplicity is the final achievement

Simplifying your life elevates its purpose

Copyright Cory Williams 2012

The minimalists creed

The minimalists creed

  • Find the essential
  • Eliminate everything else

Taoists like things simple; consider this wisdom from the Tao Te Ching.

1. “In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple.”

2. “If you want to become full, let yourself be empty.”

3. “If you want to be given everything, give everything up.”

4. “If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”

5. “When there is no desire, all things are at peace.”

6. “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

7. “In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added.
In the practice of the Tao, every day something is dropped.”

8. “The Master’s power is like this.
He lets all things come and go effortlessly, without desire.
He never expects results; thus he is never disappointed.
He is never disappointed; thus his spirit never grows old.”

9. “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.”

10. “The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.”

I could go on, but ten quotes is more than enough. Why do people make everything so complicated? Even Qigong and Meditations, there is just no need for such contrivances. Beginner aspirants (less then ten years on the Way) all trying to open “gates” and “circulate energies through orbits ” they all seem so confused   …they ask me… Do you open your joints?

None of my teachers have ever talked this way, just practice, breathe naturally, try meditating and doing qigong and Taiji for ten, fifteen, twenty thousand hours and then there are no “gates” there are no “joints” there is no body, no mind, and no “you.”

Qi flows through the meridians, we observe the workings of heaven, we are only responsible for being aware, that is all we do, we are “awareness.” Nature does everything else, just relax do not attempt to control the energy, have no resistance, that is all, without effort you will align with Heaven and Earth.

Embrace the One, return to the primordial

Dissolve into Tao

Just keep it simple… Just keep doing it… Practice everyday… simplify your life…

There are no short cuts, and no secret methods. Forget egocentric machinations, the great mother is always teaching us.

Shh……be still, and listen!

Copyright: Cory Williams 2012