Knowing Myself

Knowing MyselfKnowing others is intelligence,Knowing yourself is true wisdom.Mastering others is strength,Mastering yourself is true power. Excerpt from Tao Te Ching, verse 33, translated by Stephen Mitchell There are numerous translations of the Tao. I own several that I’ve been reading daily for years. I love the simplicity of Zen wisdom. Lao Tzu’s principles forContinue reading “Knowing Myself”

Benefits of Smiling

Alice: “There’s no use trying. One can’t believe impossible things.” The Queen: “I dare say you haven’t had much practice. . . . Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”   Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. A close friend shared this, challenging me to start each day with a little moreContinue reading “Benefits of Smiling”


Practice means waiting without anxiety.  Patience with all things but first with yourself.  Francis de Sales, French Bishop Practice, purposeful repetition, makes what we do feel effortless. One of the root words for practice means “training oneself.”   Playing the piano well means daily practice. Feeling less stressed means practicing relaxation, maybe sitting meditation. Eliminating agitationContinue reading “Practice”