• Musings,  Seraphs Quill

    The Tao Te Ching: Weak Overcomes Strong

    The Weak overcomes the strong; the soft surpasses the hard. In all the world, there is no one who does not know this, but no one can master the practice. ~ A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being: Experiencing the Tao Te Ching by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer While the “original” text as translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English in Lao Tsu – Tao Te Ching was thus: Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water. Yet for attacking the solid and strong, nothing is better; It has no equal. The weak can overcome the strong; The supple can overcome the stiff. Under heaven everyone knows…

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    Cultivating Dao: Progress!

    So, I mentioned in my previous post that I’m currently working toward making a large pledge in my process of cultivating Dao. Well, I’m happy to say that I’m making progress! (Yay, me! lol) Thus far, I have memorized both primary and secondary parts of one ritual. (Only four more to go!) Thank goodness for index cards! lol I’ve returned to a technique that many of us relied on as kids. Flashcards! The visual really seems to help me. There are even times when I am practicing that I see the words in my mind. Hey! Use what works, right? I’ve also made progress on my “dilemma” with regard to the “onion…

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    The Importance of Self-Care

    Hello, again! This was the thought that went through my mind when I woke up this morning… lol We’re rolling with the punches, though, right? We’ve got this! Yesterday I mentioned re-accessing my priorities. When I spoke to Dh he said, “you’re still going to ‘meditation’, right?” See, twice a week I go to my beautiful soul sister’s studio. From the goodness of her heart, she conducts guided meditations which encourage us to breathe deeply. For me, this is especially beneficial given that I tend to be a shallow breather (unless I consciously focus on it, of course). This has actually led to some health problems for me. Who would…

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    Nurturing the Buddha Seed Within

    Have you ever had an experience that seemingly turned your entire life upside down? One that seemed to change the way you viewed the world itself? It may seem like an exaggeration, but that was what last weekend was for me. I am still in awe of the enormity of it all. Such revelations! Personally and with regard to my worldview (spiritual and mundane). That’s what’s taking the most amount of time for me to process, and as I understand it from others who have experienced the same 3-day seminar, one will continue to do so for many, many days (if not years) to come. After all, growing a “saint”, a “buddha”…

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    The Bumpy Road: Our Spiritual Journey

    “The road to becoming more spiritual is a messy one. A bumpy one. One full of roadblocks. But the journey is beautiful and the landscape is breathtaking.” ~ Ashley Strong, Deus Nexus The energy I feel around me is very heavy right now. In some ways, it feels almost stifling. This, I believe, is one of the challenges of being an empath. Feeling the lows as well as the highs. There are many people going through challenging times at the moment. Have you noticed that? Maybe I’m just more aware of it at the moment because it seems I keep running into them. Almost as if Spirit has decided that…

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    Settling In With Change and Thriving

    Not too long ago, my family and I moved from rural Missouri to the suburbs of South Carolina. To say that it was a big change, would be an understatement. From a small town to of approximately 6,000 people to an area with a concentrated populace of 100s of thousands (at least). To be honest, though I was very excited for the move, I have to admit that I was rather apprehensive as well. After all, we had moved to Missouri for the express purpose of getting away from people. Now, we’re once again in housing that – in many ways – reminds me of the time we spent in…

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    Transition: Starting At the Beginning

    I just spent the past hour or so writing a new post. In a fraction of a second, I lost it. Just goes to show how unpracticed I am writing posts online and have forgotten one hard learned notion. ALWAYS copy your text before doing anything! That way, you’re able to paste it back into your document, if you happen to lose it! At the end of the post, though, I said that I’m a big believer that “everything happens for a reason”. “There are no coincidences.” Guess I need to realize that’s the case here, too, hmm? So, what was up? Well, I was simply explaining… Making excuses, really,…

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    Meeting Change with Less Resistance

    I came across this image from Conscious Reminder this morning not long after awakening and has played about in the back of my mind ever since. In my experience, change can often be quite a challenging journey for one to traverse. Take for instance my current journey “toward a more healthy me”. You like how I put a positive spin on that? Originally, I typed “my current journey in weight loss”, but isn’t that exactly what Conscious Reminder is attempting to point out here? A journey “toward a more healthy me” focuses more on ‘building the new’, rather than ‘fighting the old’, wouldn’t you say? There are some who might…

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    Autumn Blessings: Reflection and Transformation

    Autumn is upon us… Well, apparently, Missouri is a little late in getting the memo. The temps have remained consistent with summer. It is supposed to cool back down tomorrow, though, and become more “autumny”. (Thank all that is good!) Over the years, Autumn has become a time of great reflection and transformation for me, and this year is certainly no different. I have known since the beginning that 2017 is a ‘1 year’. A year of beginnings. It has not reflected that energy to me. That is, until recently. Guess it’s a late-blooming energy in my life. Or maybe I’m just the late bloomer. lol Either way, it is…