Health/Lifestyle

Welcome to the Health/Lifestyle section of VisionNDNS.com!

The function of this section is to provide you with the resources that will allow for you to relate to Vision’s vision.  To Study with me, to ponder and reflect with me, to walk and grow with me.  The content in this section is all stuff right off my shelf or media library.  This section will increase in content steadily with time.

Knowledge/Education are the tools we use to improve our Health/Lifestyle. Knowledge is always in motion.  It is alive as we are.  That is to say when knowledge stops evolving, it stops existing as real knowledge.

The same goes for us…If we stop evolving, we stop existing as real humans.  For humans to evolve, we need knowledge.  For knowledge to evolve, it needs humans. Furthermore, if knowledge ceases to be real, it misleads the people who study it.  And so the people are misled and become less real.

So use your heart and intuition when studying…and you will be able to discern knowledge that is alive from knowledge that is not.  Knowledge that is alive will ask you to respond proactively.  And it is important to realize that our relationship with knowledge is what keeps both us and the knowledge alive.

As our hunger for experience is guided with the wisdom of time and struggle…we exist more efficiently and begin to understand that inside of each of us…waiting to be revealed, is a REAL HUMAN BEING.

So with that said…ENJOY…

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Informal Talks on Meditation and Practice

by Shunryu Suzuki

(Page 21…)

Beginner’s Mind:

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

(Pages 31-32…)

Control:

“To give a cow a large spacious meadow is the way to control him.”

“…When we lose our balance we die, but at the same time we also develop ourselves, we grow.  Whatever we see is changing, losing its balance.  The reason everything looks beautiful is because it is always out of balance, but its background is always in perfect harmony.  This is how everything exists in the realm of Buddha nature, losing its balance against a background of perfect balance.  So if you see things without reaalizing the backfground of Buddha nature, everything appears to be in the form of suffering.  But if you understand the background of existence, you realize that suffering itself is how we live, and how we extend our life.  So in Zen sometimes we emphasize the imbalance or disorder of life.”

(cont. on page 33…)

“The true purpose of Zen is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes.  This is to put everything in control in its widest sense.  Zen practice is to open up our small mind.  So concentrationg is really an aid to help you realize ‘big mind,’ or the mind that is everything.”

“So as Dogen said, ‘Time goes from present to past.’ This is not true in our logical mind, but it is in the actual experience of making past time present.  There we have poetry, and there we have human life.”

The Book of Five Rings

by Miyamoto Musashi

(Page: 71…)

The Way of the Sword:

“Knowing the Way of the Sword means that, even wehen you handle with two fingers what I generally indicate as the sword, you understand what you are doing and can handle it freely.  You go against the Way of the Sword by trying to handle it with speed, and it will be difficult to wield.”

 

(Page: 64…)

The Frame of Mind for the Martial Arts:

 

“In the way of the Martial Arts, do not let your frame of mind be any different from your everyday mind.  In both everyday and military events , your mind should not change in the least, but should be broad and straightforward, neither drawn too tight nor allowed to slacken even a little.  Keep the mind in the exact center, not allowing it to be sidetracked; let it sway peacefully, not allowing it to stop doing so even for a moment.  You should investigate these things thoroughly.”

 

(Page: 55…)

The Rhythm of Martial Arts:

“There is a rhythm to everything, but particularly in the martial arts, if you do not train in its rhythm it is difficult to succeed…When the rhythms of the musicians playing the wind and stringed instruments are coordinated, the entire rhythm is balanced.  In the military arts, there is a rhythm and timing in the release of the bow, in the firing of a rifle and even in mounting a horse.  You cannot ignore rhythm in any of the arts and accomplishments.”

(cont. on page 55…)

“…Moreover, there is a rhythm in the formless.  Concerning the position of a warrior, there is a rhythm to rising in the service to his lord, and a rhythm to retreating from it; there is a rhythm to being in harmony with others, and a rhythm to not being in harmony with them.  In the Way of the Merchant, there is a rhythm for becoming a wealthy man and a rhythm for ruining oneself with wealth.  The rhythm is different according to each and every Way.  You should discriminate thoroughly between the rhythm of success and the rhythm failure.”

I Ching

The Book of Changes

Wilhelm/Baynes Version

 

Page: 68…

 

Commentary on the Hexagram Yu:

 

“Laws are not forces external to things, but represent the harmony of movement immanent in them.  That is why the celestial bodies do not deviate from their orbits and why all events in nature occur with fixed regularity.”

cont. on Page 55…

“…It is enthusiasm that enables us to install helpers for the completion of an undertaking  without fear of secret opposition.  It is enthusiasm too that can unify mass movements, as in war, so that they can achieve victory.”

cont. on Page 55…

 

The Image:

 

Thunder comes resounding out of the earth:

The image of enthusiasm.

Thus the ancient kings made music

In order to honor merit,

and offered it with splendor,

To the Supreme Deity,

Inviting their ancestors to be present.

 

“When, at the beginning of summer, thunder-electrical energy-comes rushing forth from the earth again, and the first thunderstorm refreshes nature, a prolonged state of tension is resolved.  Joy and relief make themselves felt.  So too, music has power to ease tension within the heart and to loosen the grip of obscure emotions.  The enthusiasm of the heart express itself involuntarily in a burst of song, in dance and rhythmic movement of the body.  From immemorial times the inspiring effect of the invisible sound that moves all hearts, and draws them together, has mystified mankind.”

(cont. on pages 68-69…)

“Rulers have made use of this natural taste for music; they elevated and regulated it.  Music was looked upon as something serious and holy, designed to purify the feelings of men.  It fell to music to glorify the virtues of heroes and thus to construct a bridge to the world of the unseesn.  In the temple men drew near to God with music and pantomimes (out of this later the theater developed).”

(cont. on page 69…)

“Religous feeling for the Creator of the world was united with the most sacred of human feelings, that of reverence for their ancestors.  The ancestors were invited to these divine services as guests of the Ruler of Heaven and as representitives of humantiy in the higher regions.  This uniting of the human past with the Divinity in solemn moments of religous inspiration established the bond between God and man.  The ruler who revered the Divinity in revering his ancestors became thereby the Son of Heaven, in whom the heavenly and the earthly world met in mystical contact.”

Confucius said regarding these principles:

“He who could wholly comprehend this sacrifice could rule the world as though it were spinning on his hand.”

 

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