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Tao of Pooh Project
Transcript of Tao of Pooh Project
"The Tao of Pooh", by Benjamin Hoff, pages 59, 64-65, 101-102, 109-110, 155 Passages and Reflections Page 59:
“In a similar manner, instead of struggling to erase what are referred to as negative emotions, we can learn to use them in positive ways. We could describe the principle like this: while pounding on the piano keys may produce noise, removing them doesn’t exactly further the creation of music. The principles of Music and Living aren’t all that different, we think.” Reflection on above passage: When you’re feeling angry, put that energy to use by doing something constructive, such as cleaning or, in my case, creativity. That way I don’t break anything, or hurt anyone. Page 64-65:
“In the story of the Ugly Duckling, when did the Ugly Duckling stop feeling Ugly? When he realized that he was a Swan. Each of us has something Special, a Swan of some sort, hidden inside somewhere. But until we recognize that it’s there, what can we do but splash around, treading water? The Wise are Who They Are. They work with what they’ve got and do what they can do.
There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things that we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to be too desperate, too ruthless, too combative. Along the way to usefulness and happiness many of those things will change themselves, and the others can be worked on as we go. The first thing we need to do is recognize and trust our own Inner Nature, and not lose sight of it. For within the Ugly Duckling is the Swan, inside the Bouncy Tigger is the Rescuer who knows the Way, and in each of us is something Special, and that we need to keep.” Reflection on above passage: Everybody has a special skill that they need to discover. I do not know what mine is, yet, but I will eventually. Page 101-102:
“‘Say, Pooh, why aren’t you busy?’ I said.
‘Because it’s a nice day,’ said Pooh.
‘Why ruin it?’ he said.
‘But you could be doing something Important,’ I said.
‘I am,’ he said.
‘Oh? Doing what?’
‘Listening,’ he said.
‘Listening to what?’
‘To the birds. And that squirrel over there.’
‘What are they saying?’ I asked.
‘That it’s a nice day,’ said Pooh.
‘But you know that already,’ I said.
‘Yes, but it’s always good to know that somebody else thinks so, too,’ he replied.” Reflection on above passage: It is always good to hear what others are thinking. I don’t mind hearing the opinions of others, ESPECIALLY if they are positive. Page 109-110:
“For that matter, Taoist Immortals of all age levels have traditionally been known for their young attitudes, appearances, and energies. These were hardly accidental, but resulted from Taoist practices. For centuries in China, the general life expectancy was not much more than forty years, and hardworking farmers and dissipated aristocrats often died even younger than that. Yet countless Taoists lived into their eighties and nineties, and many lived considerably longer. The following is one of our favorite examples.
“In 1933, newspapers around the world announced the death of a man named Li Chung Yun. As officially and irrefutably recorded by the Chinese government, and as verified by a thorough independent investigation, Li had been born in 1677. When over the age of two hundred, he had given a series of twenty-eight, three-hour-long talks on longevity at a Chinese university. Those who saw him at that time claimed that he looked liked like a man in his fifties, standing straight and tall, with strong teeth and a full head of hair. When he died, he was two hundred fifty-six years old.
When Li was a child, he left home to follow some wandering herbalists. In the mountains of China, he learned from them some of the secrets of the earth’s medicine. In addition to using various rejuvenative herbs daily, he practiced Taoist exercises, believing that exercise which strains and tires the mind and body shortens life. His favorite way of traveling was what he called “walking lightly.” Young men who went for walks with him in his later years could not match his pace, which he maintained for miles. He advised those who wanted strong health to “sit like a turtle, walk like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog.” When asked for his major secret, though, he would reply, ‘inner quiet.’” Reflection on above passage: The best way to a long life, from what I can tell, is to be happy, positive, and calm. I have not gotten there yet, but I may eventually. Page 155:
Within each of us there is an Owl, a Rabbit, an Eeyore, and a Pooh. For too long we have chosen the way of Owl and Rabbit. Now, like Eeyore, we complain about the results. But that accomplishes nothing. If we are smart, we will choose the way of Pooh. As if from far away, it calls to us with the voice of a child’s mind. It may be hard to hear at times, but it is important just the same, because without it, we will never find our way through the Forest. Reflection on above passage: Everyone has the ability to follow the Tao, and if we make use of that ability, we will have a much happier life than we would otherwise. The End