To be a Taoist means many things to many people. To be a practitioner of Contemporary Taoism simply means to have realised that we are all minute parts of an indescribably large Whole (the Tao), and to choose therefore to 'Flow Like Water' and live in a spontaneous, natural manner. This blog is about: Personal Growth / Spiritual Development as guided by the principles of Eastern Philosophy, particularly modern philosophical Taoism; Developing constructive habits and achieving success with minimal effort; Meditation - Taoist, Zen or otherwise. See 'What In Lao Tzu's Name is a Contemporary Taoist?'

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Warning: This post will probably bore you to tears!

Regular Contemporary Taoist readers may have noticed that I have been posting less frequently to this blog recently and indeed that most of the posts I have put up lately have basically been of stuff that was pre-written. The reason, for those very few who care, is that I have been flapping about a bit wondering what to do next. This may sound familiar to those (again very few) who pay attention to my ramblings. Anyway, in order to get myself 'unstuck' I have decided to decrease the amount of projects that I have on the go.

So for now all I am going to keep going is:

1) My job, at LivingNow magazine as it is both necessary and not evil.

2) My monthly "Contemporary Taoist" article with LivingNow magazine, as this is nothing to be sneezed at, given that the magazine has about 400, 000 readers / month around Australia.

3) This blog, this half topic-focused, half self-indulgent-rambling blog. For better or for worse, I might as well roll with it while the companion article is getting published.

4) Music: Actually this should go first as it is officially my numero-uno project right now. To help get the music ball rolling (again) I am in fact starting a blog about it, called, stay tuned for that.

5) Anything else that naturally happens. Let's stay Taoist about this!

Therefore, I am officially suspending all of the following activities until later notice and/or the occurrence of above point 5).

A) Meditation Teaching - this is a passion, and a very real career opportunity, but I need to give it a rest for a while. It will become a focus again later though, of this I have little doubt.

B) Any other (personal) websites/blogs besides this blog, the new music blog, the already established (but horrendously ugly and static), (similarly useless really but might as well keep it up for now). This means that I am pulling down, reluctantly, but I have no need for it right now. I love that name, "rebelzen", and I will use it again soon, but not sure for what. Right now I feel like I have too many names for what is essentially the same project. Will for now also keep this and this up for your listening pleasure.

C) Novel writing *Gasp!* This was my main thing for the last year or so until about three months ago when it started to take a back seat again. But this is ok, it will be back, I simply can't do everything at once. I do have an almost finished novel which needs one more rewrite. Then I will get it out there somehow or another.

Anyway, like I always say...

Flow Like Water...

Check out my meditation website

Download my free music here.


Blogger MikeDoe said...

You seem to worry far too much about what you 'should' be doing. It is probably an old habit that needs to be unlearned.

A more child-like and natural approach might be more helpful.

When a kid has finished with a toy he doesn't put it away he just abandons it on the carpet.

At a later point, he picks it up again as if nothing had changed.

A kid doesn't worry about whether or not he is bored with a toy or should play with it longer or should abandon it or whatever. A kid just does it.

I think you may have fallen into a subtle trap. You are focussed so much on being a Taoist that you have completely forgotten that you do not want to 'be' a taoist, you just want to 'be'. The difference is huge.

If you called yourself 'The Contemporary Wildebeest' instead of 'The Contemporary Taoist' you might find that 'flow like water' happens more naturally but that you begin to worry about whether or not you have horns that are too big.

OBTW. I've no idea what I am....

5:20 pm

Blogger Seamus "Moose" Anthony said...

all fairly pertinent (sp?) points bar the bit about being focussed on being a taoist. I am so not that to the point where I often wonder why I ever used the word.

9:46 am


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