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post Aug 31 2009, 01:51 PM
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So, I was feeling a bit down for a while and Saturday night the mother and father prayed for me, anointed me with oil and were just like y'know asking God and Jesus to help guide me and lift me from despair and stuff. It was really nice just like, though Im not a Christian the stuff they were saying was transferrable. After the father was saying that it seemed like I needed to find a philosophy to live by than the one I have, that it didn't have to be faith, just yeah.

Mine don't seem to be working too well, I don't think: So I'm wondering what are your life philosophies?


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post Aug 31 2009, 02:18 PM
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It's Taoism all the way baby!

The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.

From: http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/core9/ph...s/taote-v3.html

There are many different translations, but have a look of the Tao Te Ching. Essentially it's a philosophy of life that requires you to trust your instincts and become sensitive to the world around you, believing that you will begin to feel the Tao (which translates as 'the way'). What this means in practicality is that you end up with a relentless belief that everything is going in the right direction, or can be turned that way, even if you cannot fathom how that will happen.

The first two lines of the Tao Te Ching as I know them summarise the whole philosophy: "the Tao that can be spoken is not the true Tao, the name that can be named is not the true name." This says many things, but one of them is that as soon as you truly believe that you understand the Tao, you are really only grasping at something unattainable. It is only something that you can sense, a guiding line that you know that you are following through some kind of tingle, but you could never truly explain precisely what it is or why you know it's true - if it can be spoken, then it's not the true Tao.

I think the first step to finding the Tao is by accepting that you are in the right place to begin your journey. If you know that truly this is the first step, without wishing that you were starting somewhere else, then you can look at your life and see the possibilities that are there for you. Trust your instincts to point you the right way, forgetting about desires for material wealth or unattainable goals, and you find that through tiny changes that things begin to change. It feels like coincidence, but things seem to line up, and weirdly you become lucky... Or maybe the philosophy makes you think that you are lucky. Either way, you end up feeling more content and happier.

Well, it works for me anyway!

I found the Tao before I knew what Taoism was. It turns out that I discovered something by myself that had been around for 3000 years, so that confirmed that I was probably onto something good smile.gif


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- funked)out_frog   Life Philosophies   Aug 31 2009, 01:51 PM
- - elphaba2   Do what makes you happy. Try to be happy in what y...   Aug 31 2009, 02:05 PM
- - Mata   It's Taoism all the way baby! The tao tha...   Aug 31 2009, 02:18 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 31 2009, 03:18 PM) I fo...   Aug 31 2009, 04:21 PM
- - Cath   I think mine generally runs along the lines of ...   Aug 31 2009, 04:37 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Cath @ Aug 31 2009, 05:37 PM) I fe...   Aug 31 2009, 06:08 PM
- - voices_in_my_head   There's a poem hanging in my doctor's offi...   Aug 31 2009, 06:26 PM
- - Yannick   Do whatever you want as long as your actions don...   Aug 31 2009, 07:12 PM
- - Daria   Happiness. Essentially, strive to make others hap...   Aug 31 2009, 07:24 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Daria @ Aug 31 2009, 08:24 PM) Hap...   Aug 31 2009, 07:41 PM
|- - IrishGuy   QUOTE (Hobbes @ Aug 31 2009, 03:41 PM) QU...   Sep 1 2009, 04:48 AM
- - I_am_the_best   I wouldn't say that I have a defined motive be...   Aug 31 2009, 08:42 PM
- - Hobbes   I know an awful lot of people that have a self-mot...   Aug 31 2009, 10:41 PM
|- - Daria   QUOTE (Hobbes @ Aug 31 2009, 11:41 PM) ...   Aug 31 2009, 11:16 PM
- - Yannick   See, I count 'annoying' people as 'har...   Aug 31 2009, 11:53 PM
- - gothictheysay   Still trying to look for a "life philosophy...   Sep 1 2009, 01:56 AM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (gothictheysay @ Sep 1 2009, 02:56 ...   Sep 1 2009, 05:43 PM
- - Mata   Another one that I like is 'lead by example...   Sep 1 2009, 12:43 PM
- - crazymat   I like this poem http://www.fleurdelis.com/desider...   Sep 1 2009, 06:28 PM
- - Yannick   Haha, it's like TJ made a video for this threa...   Sep 1 2009, 08:41 PM
- - Hobbes   Ludwig Wittgenstein: "I don't know why we...   Oct 3 2009, 07:00 PM
- - Tarantio   For the last few years I've been loosely follo...   Oct 5 2009, 07:28 AM
- - bjgupta   Pl refer to booklet titled ‘Philosophy of life and...   Nov 23 2009, 05:06 PM
- - Mata   Uh-huh... BJ, since you have advertised this book ...   Nov 23 2009, 06:27 PM
|- - bjgupta   Mata, This is to confirm that I am interested ...   Nov 24 2009, 03:18 PM
- - Yannick   I think we should start asking suspected spammers ...   Nov 23 2009, 08:09 PM
|- - crazymat   QUOTE (Yannick @ Nov 23 2009, 08:09 PM) I...   Nov 24 2009, 09:11 AM
- - Mata   Well, when people register they now have to answer...   Nov 23 2009, 10:53 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Mata @ Nov 23 2009, 10:53 PM) ther...   Nov 23 2009, 11:09 PM
- - Mata   Thanks for coming back BJ. Can you summarise the m...   Nov 25 2009, 11:33 PM
|- - bjgupta   Mata, Following is a para on 'Philosophy of ...   Nov 28 2009, 02:12 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (bjgupta @ Nov 28 2009, 02:12 PM) ...   Nov 28 2009, 06:06 PM
|- - bjgupta   Notion and wish that good should happen to only go...   Nov 29 2009, 09:29 AM
- - Cath   Something my mum just chucked under my nose which ...   Nov 29 2009, 01:22 PM
- - Miss-Smiley   Interesting thread. Have an optimistic approach t...   Dec 1 2009, 01:30 PM
- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Miss-Smiley @ Dec 1 2009, 01...   Dec 2 2009, 05:15 PM
- - Miss-Smiley   QUOTE (Hobbes @ Dec 2 2009, 05:15 PM) QUO...   Dec 2 2009, 11:04 PM


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