Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pooh Just Is

The Tao of Pooh (1982)
by Benjamin Hoff

Within each of us there is an Owl, a Rabbit, an Eeyore, and a Pooh.  For too long, we have chosen the way of the 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.

Yesterday, Buddhism.  Today, Taoism.  Another philosophical and religious tradition of the Far East.  One that abandons faith in an all-powerful and knowing "deity" and focuses on our own responsibility for our personal path and enlightenment.  One that values compassion, moderation, and HUMILITY (a characteristic, in particular, that I wish more Western religions valued).  One that places emphasis on the relationship and harmony of humanity with nature and the cosmos.

And ... what better way to be introduced to the principles of Taoism than using the characters in A.A. Milne's classic stories, which have ALREADY been a post in this blog!  I ADORE this book and read it every once in a while to find peace, understanding, and perhaps even a little enlightenment ... to understand and appreciate the calm reflection of a simple bear who. just. is.

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