YEAR OF THE METAL OX
Last year was the Year of the Rat. According to the Chinese lunar calendar every 60 years is known as Geng Zi or a year of catastrophes, which 2020 was. Hopefully the next 60 years will be more peaceful and prosperous. If you are personally interested in the mystical way, research the 10 Zen Ox Herding pictures on YouTube.
It was exactly one year ago on this date, February 6th, that I wrote my first blog for this website. I had no idea the twists and turns that were in store for 2020. In the midst of continuous upheaval there was the adventure waiting with its possibilities. It was an adventure full of questions. At times all the grasping for answers became exhausting. I completely forgot that I was to” live the questions” as Rainer Maria Rilke suggested in the following segment of his poem :
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
As I look back, I see the many steps I journeyed to the ground where I now stand. I no longer want to ask the questions. I just want to be calm from within and live. I know that my tai chi practice can help with this.
I am filled with wonder, gratitude and awe for the journeys we travel and for the teachers we meet along the way.