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Jun 16, 2016

每個人的生活有順有逆,好的大家都開心,但對那些不如意,您是如何處理呢?抱怨一下可以抒發些情緒,但是我們可以偷天換日,把不如意變成如意,帶出好的循環嗎?美國牧師作家威爾鮑溫用「不抱怨」的方法,鼓勵大家挑戰自己不抱怨,以下四種方法供您參考,讓我們一起化負為正,擺脫哀聲嘆氣的壞習慣,變得積極又樂觀。

處理感覺,但不要試圖解釋問題

  1. 不如意的事發生了,我們需要去「處理」。「處理」是描述對這件事情的感受,而不是現場模擬,重新經歷這件事。我們改變思考的模式,改變自己的言語,因為不抱怨,它可以很健康,我們變得更快樂。
  2. 「處理」的時候,把重點放在你的感受上面,而不是對這件事的解讀和說明。「你這樣做很不公平」,這句話裡包括了你的經驗,跟別人討論自己的感覺,就是在處理這個經驗,不需要加上背景故事,或是誰說了什麼。

不要光是碎碎唸,用行動填補落差

  1. 開始行動是最難的部分,因為我們得面對事實真相,要求自己身體力行。身體不健康嗎?別抱怨,找醫師咨詢、做些運動、或是調整飲食。
  2. 改變源自於不滿,抱怨只是開端,卻不能成為結果。說明你想要的目標,挑戰中間的困難,用填補落差的方式,振奮人心,促使人們做出積極、正面的改變。
  3. 因為不抱怨,我們可以花更少的心力,找到更多想要的東西。

將不抱怨的美德傳承下去

  1. 無論是好是壞,我們就是旁人的榜樣。能量會互相牽引,想要改變別人,我們要以身作則,因為身教真的比言教更有效。
  2. 要改變別人,先改變自己對別人的評價,這是一切的源頭。
  3. 人是互動的,別人的反應是對自己行為的反應,而自己的行為,來自心中對別人的評價。我們是人際關係的導演,你可以改編這個故事,改變你跟他的關係。

為小事感恩,為生命喝采

  1. 把欣賞和感恩當預設立場,就算是理所當然、微不足道的事也不例外。
  2. 我們的心靈就像一座意念工廠,隨時都在運作,當負面的念頭枯竭,生產線就能空出來,運送快樂的思想,巷
  3. 如果想改變別人或扭轉情勢,把焦點放在我們希望發生的結果上。

改變自己說話、思考的方式,建立健康、快樂、不抱怨的人際關係。當我們進入穩定的不抱怨階段,就會更積極,而且吸引樂觀向上的人。想跟快樂長相左右,停止抱怨,心想事成,改變人生,迎接好運。

Jun 13, 2016

What To Choose, Career Or Family?

  1. Established a home décor factory in China. Managed the factory alone and being separated from his family.
  2. Lost the opportunity to be with his kids and to witness their growth. Too bad there is no pill can cure regret.
  3. More than a decade had passed and Jeffrey grew older. Neither of the kids wanted to inherit his business. He had to sell it and spent 3 to 4 years to get the transfer task done.

Retirement? Oh My God…

  1. Knowing it coming 4 years prior to his retirement did not prepare Jeffrey for his retirement.
  2. Jeffrey felt lost and out of his element. It seemed his personal value was gone.
  3. He stayed underfoot of his beloved wife who needed to get use to his being home full time too.
  4. They spent some months traveling to places
  5. Jeffrey returned to school and pursued a master degree in Buddhism which had been his passion since college.

Suggestions For People Who Might Be Retired within Several Years

  1. Made a plan to buy your own place when young if possible. With your own place, you won’t need to worry about paying rent when there’s no income.
  2. Plan your retirement well. Search healthy hobbies and interests to occupy your extra time.
  3. You must have some passive income, such as monthly or rent income. Leave your savings to emergency or planned expenses.
  4. Unless you’re really well off financially, it might be better giving your children the opportunity to build their own career. Keep the savings for yourself and the spouse and enjoy a relaxed retirement.
  5. Be careful about your investment. Jeffrey doesn’t suggest the stock market because it’s highly risky.
  6. Fulfill the need for your soul and mind, such as philosophy and religions. Find a way to elevate your being.
Jun 13, 2016

事業與家庭不能兩全

  1. 家庭裝潢飾品,設廠大陸,遠離家人
  2. 失去陪同子女成長機會,沒有後悔藥可吃
  3. 年紀漸長,子女無意願接手,將工廠頂讓出去 

退休震撼彈

  1. 三、四年的心理準備,退休後仍無法適應
  2. 有失落感,好像個人的價值不見了
  3. 重新適應家庭生活,偕同愛妻各地旅遊
  4. 回學校讀書,追尋個人興趣 

給幾年內可能退休朋友的建議

  1. 尋找心靈的滿足,如哲學、宗教
  2. 小心投資,不建議去玩股票,保存老本
  3. 提前思考退休問題,尋找轉移日後生活重心的興趣
  4. 儘早規劃買房,才不會因退休後沒薪水,擔心付住屋問題
  5. 退休後一定要有收入,如月退金或房租進帳,才不會坐吃山空
  6. 最好讓兒女自食其力,除非手頭真的很寬,不然老本留下自己慢慢用
Jun 10, 2016

Have you ever wondered how powerful positive thinking is? When you truly want something to happen, coordinate your talk, your deed, and your mind. Just do it and be positive. You’ll be surprised (or maybe not) that the end result is more like to tilt to what you hope than not. Even if it’s not exactly what you want or wish, you know you’ve done your best. If you haven’t, then examine what can be done differently. When next opportunity appears, be positive and do your best again! 

  1. Turn the thought of greed into contentment. Transform the contentment into kindness.
  2. The happiest life is one that with a fulfilled spirituality.
  3. Change yourself is a way of self-help. Your influence upon others is a way to save them.
  4. With no desire or need, you are in possession of endless strengths.
  5. Be harmonized with your bad karma. Create your good karma. With more good karma, you’re bound to have more good fortune.
  6. Love is endless fortune. Being able to give is luckier than to receive.
  7. Thinking of the past is distraction. Thinking of the future is illusion. Cherish the present is the best.
  8. Being safe and well is good fortune. Staying happy is wisdom.
  9. If we can keep our mind and heart clear and bright, all we see would be beauty and kindness.
  10. A confused field of mind grows no flowers of wisdom.
  11. The best cosmetics for the face is smiles and kind thoughts.
  12. Put yourself in other’s shoes. Be considerate and show empathy to others.
  13. Smiles not only show a good will but also shorten the distance between people.
  14. Good fortune comes from a heart that knows how to give.
  15. Sometimes your troubles and worries come from unreasonable desires.
  16. Take good care of what is yours. Cherish the good fortune and be content.
  17. Joyfulness and gratitude is the force to eliminate troublesome thoughts.
  18. Count me in when doing good deeds. Exclusive of me when planning bad deeds.
  19. Being happy is not how much you get, but how little you bother over gaining or losing
  20. The most lovely person wears smiles on her face and love in her heart. Her name is a Bodhisattva.
  21. When no ugly thoughts come to you, anything and everything you hear are good and kind words.
  22. An educator’s responsibility is to teach. Putting whatever into practice lies on the student.
  23. With love in your heart, whoever sees you will love you.
  24. Hold your temper under a confused or unreasonable situation. It can save you from lots of undesired troubles later.
  25. Want to change others? Start from changing yourself.

With kind words, good deeds, and a beautiful mind, good fortune will find its way you when you least expect it J

Jun 9, 2016

周一的專訪中,Anny提到家人終於不再過度保護,轉而肯定她的能力與成就,他們的肯定,來自Anny對自己的自信,她變得像水一樣的柔軟,像鳥一樣的飛翔,散發真心與真情,不再隱藏小水滴。Anny改變了自己,她的家人也因此改變!

生活中有那些事,是我們可以先改變,帶領出好的循環嗎?若要列表,每個人單子肯定不同,不過應該也有類似的,所以我們今天就先聊聊很有效、大家都能做的練習:不抱怨

手腕小紫環,無怨大挑戰

你自認樂觀嗎?你每天抱怨嗎?不知道?認真算一下自己大笑的次數,還有抱怨的次數,保證嚇你一大跳!

2006年,美國的牧師作家威爾鮑溫,邀請教區的會眾參加「不抱怨」運動,用有意識的自我提醒,挑戰21天不抱怨,停止無意識、無效用、無止境的惡性循環。他還有個小道具:一個毫不起眼的紫手環。但是簡單樸素的手環,真的能消除日積月累的抱怨習慣嗎?

我們常說心口意,除非是故意的,不然我們說出來的話,通常就是我們的想法,然後這些想法又創造了我們的生活。所以我們抱怨越多,吸引來的負面能量也越多;我們的想法越正面,帶來的美好與幸福也越多。

鮑溫牧師的方法說起來簡單到不行,就是在手上戴一個手環,一發現自己在碎碎唸,嘮嘮叨叨的抱怨不停,就把手環換到另外一隻手。這樣刻意的提醒自己停止抱怨,等到手環牢牢戴在同一個手腕上,21天沒換位置,就算是打破了抱怨的習慣了。

手環原位坐,幸福擁抱我

根據網路上的資料,這個「不抱怨」的運動從2006年開始到現在,已經推廣到一百多個國家地區,超過一千萬人參加。這表示美好的生活大家都想要,也都知道要有行動,要推己及人,合力編織活力四射的正能量大網,這個世界才會更平靜,更喜樂。

那難道說什麼都不能講嗎?如果我們認真去想,會發現真正達到哀傷、痛苦程度的事情其實沒那麼多。心靈就像工廠裡的生產線,我們碎碎唸抱怨的事,通常有礙生活的幸福與美滿,當負面思考消失,快樂一點的念頭就會出現。

想改變別人,先改變自己,想擁有健康、快樂的人生,就做該做的事。從這一刻開始,積極的改掉抱怨的習慣,用正向的思考,帶出正能量。

積極快樂做,身教勝言教

我們佛堂裡有個「不計較、不比較、不亂叫」的提醒,在生活上實踐,自然能「己立立人,己達達人」,加上心存感激,口吐蓮花,放眼都是佛菩薩,看諸事皆美,生活自然美。

  • 不要光是碎碎唸,用行動填補落差
  • 處理你的感覺,但不要試圖解釋問題
  • 將不抱怨的美德傳承下去
  • 為小事感恩,為生命喝采
Jun 7, 2016

A Life without A Left Palm

  1. Born imperfect: Anny’s left arm ended at the wrist. Four rain-drop-like fingers attached to her wrist were only good for decoration.
  2. Confusion: Being physically different from other girls confused her and made her feel wronged in some way.
  3. Concealment: Anny’s parents worked at a local market and had a hard time handling people’s curiosity and stupid criticism. Anny’s left wrist was always hidden from view.
  4. Protection & Denial: Family avoided talking about her handicap. The unwillingness of admitting her partial disability made it even harder for Anny to face it herself.

Encouragement & A Healthy Character Helped Anny Find Her Wings

  1. Helping hands from acquaintances
  2. Sayling Wen       Anny’s first and only employer was a computer company in Taiwan. Her supervisor, Mr. Sayling Wen, was very kind and tried to make her feel at ease at work. He allowed her to learn in different departments until her retirement.
  3. YiShi Zeng           When Anny was young, Mr. Zeng visited the family to invite her out of the shelter but her father refused. He stayed in touch with Anny and treated her to a meal when she graduated from college. Again he wanted her to join groups formed by the disabled. He said to her, “Were you going to care much if your left palm was hidden when you died? That woke Anny and kicked her out of her comfort zone.
  4. Bird & Water Dance Theater

The members are to have a heart like a bird flying in the sky and to be as soft as water flowing to wherever needs it.

  1. Opening her heart

After years of searching, Anny finally found her own stage. She participated in the Bird & Water Dance Theater, helped to make it available on YouTube, built a blog sharing of her own. What she wanted to say is to respect the uniqueness of each individual.

  1. Family’s recognition

Anny found her confidence at work, in her dance, and enhanced it when she persuaded a master degree in non-profit organization management. Because of that her family finally understood she was strong enough to face the world.

Encouragements from Anny to the Disabled And Their Family

  1. Handle it in a healthy attitude from the very beginning. It’d be better and easier for the individuals to adapt to the physical fact and fortify themselves when growing up, stepping into adulthood, and finding employment.
  2. Being disabled is not anyone’s choice. It is no fault of the parent and certainly not the kid. None is a sinner. Blame no one and no need to ask why. Face it, accept it, manage it, and let go of it.
  3. It is indeed very inconvenient. Anny’s suggestion is to view it as an opportunity to learn and grow stronger. When you finally able to overcome the difficulty, you’d be more mature.
  4. The handicapped are often more sensitive. Use the sensitivity on being considerate to others.
Jun 6, 2016

肢體不完整的成長人生

  1. 生來沒有左手掌,只有四個象徵性的手指頭,暱稱小水滴
  2. 影響女孩愛美心態,跟別人長得不同,覺得委屈
  3. 父母保守,怕別人指指點點,用掩藏的方式處理小水滴
  4. 家人避開不談,叫做我們都不說的公開秘密
  5. 自己無法面對,花了很久才走出來

健全人格,美麗飛舞

  1. 家人的肯定,來自Anny對自己的自信
  2. 謝謝生命中的貴人:主管溫世仁,讓Anny 歷練各個部門
  3. 鳥與水舞集:心跟鳥一樣自在,跟水一樣柔軟
  4. 打開你的心,找出自己的舞台,揮灑自我,尊重每一個人的獨特性
  5. 謝謝生命中的貴人:在教育部工作的曾一士,鼓勵Anny伸出手,不要把手藏起來

Anny 給殘障者本人及家庭的鼓勵

  1. 從一開始就用健康的態度去面對,成長及出社會的適應都會容易些
  2. 殘障不是任何人的選擇,不是你自己、更不是父母的錯,都沒有罪究責。請用正常、正當、下面的角度來看事情,面對它、接受它、處理它、放下它
  3. 殘障朋友是不方便,但是擁有比別人多的成長機會。當你突破時,你會更加成熟
  4. 把敏感放在對人的體貼上面,做個心口意合一的人
Jun 3, 2016

What kind of “good fortunes” are you searching? Good looks and great work compensations? Or Knowledge of where you’re coming and going? Here’s the 2nd quarter of the 100 things that are considered good fortune listed for our Dao Society. Let’s see which ones work for you. 

  1. We should be joyful for other people’s achievement.
  2. With a tolerate heart, happiness is ours. When feeling happy, mindfulness follows. Happiness and mindfulness are hand in hand.
  3. Reflect often upon whether we’ve done anything wrong. By doing so, we get to free ourselves and feel at ease.
  4. Buddha learning means to bring reconciliation to our troubles. Seek peace in our mind.
  5. Perseverance is like constant water dropping wears away a stone. No matter how huge an obstacle and the difficulty is, they can be overcome.
  6. Want a harmonious and peaceful family life? Engage joyfulness.
  7. Grab our chances to do good deeds. Grab the occasion too.
  8. Let go of the good and the bad of yesterday. Make the best of today.
  9. Be content and feel the joy. Do things willingly and endure the results with an open heart.
  10. Being angry is like punishing yourself with other people’s wrong doing.
  11. A life that is with more gratitude would be more beautiful.
  12. Shrink your ego and expand capacity for tolerance. Like what you do and appreciate each other’s effort.
  13. Love and appreciation can cleanse our thoughts of worries and troubles.
  14. Find time to do good deeds. It’s the goal of living our life and an obligation too.
  15. We only get to live some decades while Dao is eternalty.
  16. Make our wish big. Strengthen our will. Keep a soft attitude. Mind the details.
  17. Be mindful when dealing with others. Be careful and attentive but NOT narrow-minded.
  18. It is good fortune to be able to pay it forward. It is wisdom to eliminate trouble thoughts.
  19. Every single day would be a wonderful day if we can keep a kind heart at all times.
  20. Speak good words. Keep good thoughts. Do good deeds.
  21. Faith, willpower, and courage. When we have all three, nothing is impossible.
  22. Speaking kind words is like producing lotus flowers. Speaking evil of others is like spitting out venom.
  23. While the light of the sun is bright, the favor of our parents is significant, and the demeanor of a gentleman is huge, the attitude of a villain is truculent.
  24. When in the right, discuss the matter with an even and harmonious manner. When in the right, allow those who are in the wrong a way out.
  25. Know that we are fortunate. Cherish our good fortune and create more of it.
Jun 3, 2016

What kind of “good fortunes” are you searching? Good looks and great work compensations? Or Knowledge of where you’re coming and going? Here’s the 2nd quarter of the 100 things that are considered good fortune listed for our Dao Society. Let’s see which ones work for you. 

  1. We should be joyful for other people’s achievement.
  2. With a tolerate heart, happiness is ours. When feeling happy, mindfulness follows. Happiness and mindfulness are hand in hand.
  3. Reflect often upon whether we’ve done anything wrong. By doing so, we get to free ourselves and feel at ease.
  4. Buddha learning means to bring reconciliation to our troubles. Seek peace in our mind.
  5. Perseverance is like constant water dropping wears away a stone. No matter how huge an obstacle and the difficulty is, they can be overcome.
  6. Want a harmonious and peaceful family life? Engage joyfulness.
  7. Grab our chances to do good deeds. Grab the occasion too.
  8. Let go of the good and the bad of yesterday. Make the best of today.
  9. Be content and feel the joy. Do things willingly and endure the results with an open heart.
  10. Being angry is like punishing yourself with other people’s wrong doing.
  11. A life that is with more gratitude would be more beautiful.
  12. Shrink your ego and expand capacity for tolerance. Like what you do and appreciate each other’s effort.
  13. Love and appreciation can cleanse our thoughts of worries and troubles.
  14. Find time to do good deeds. It’s the goal of living our life and an obligation too.
  15. We only get to live some decades while Dao is eternalty.
  16. Make our wish big. Strengthen our will. Keep a soft attitude. Mind the details.
  17. Be mindful when dealing with others. Be careful and attentive but NOT narrow-minded.
  18. It is good fortune to be able to pay it forward. It is wisdom to eliminate trouble thoughts.
  19. Every single day would be a wonderful day if we can keep a kind heart at all times.
  20. Speak good words. Keep good thoughts. Do good deeds.
  21. Faith, willpower, and courage. When we have all three, nothing is impossible.
  22. Speaking kind words is like producing lotus flowers. Speaking evil of others is like spitting out venom.
  23. While the light of the sun is bright, the favor of our parents is significant, and the demeanor of a gentleman is huge, the attitude of a villain is truculent.
  24. When in the right, discuss the matter with an even and harmonious manner. When in the right, allow those who are in the wrong a way out.
  25. Know that we are fortunate. Cherish our good fortune and create more of it.
Jun 2, 2016

上周的有福一百上集,前50項思而悟之、學而習之、行而得之、終究了之的幸福事件,點閱率嚇嚇叫,想必大家獲益良多,因為英文衝上榜首,中文排行第七,今天再分享後50項,把他們用在生活中,大家開心又幸福。

  1. 把貪的念轉為滿足,把滿足的念換做慈悲
  2. 精神如能常滿足,就是最幸福的人生
  3. 改變自己是自救,影響別人是救人
  4. 無欲,無求,則力量不盡
  5. 災要自己消,福要自己造,多造福,就可增無量的福報
  6. 愛是無盡的財富,施比受更有福
  7. 想過去是雜念,想未來是妄想,最好把握當下時刻
  8. 平安是福,快樂是慧
  9. 人的心念意境,如能保持開朗清明,則所見,都是美而善的
  10. 紛亂的心田,開不出智慧的花朵
  11. 最好的臉部保養品,就是微笑與善念
  12. 要將心比心,設身處地為別人想一想
  13. 笑容,不但可以表答善意,還可以縮短人際間的距離
  14. 福是來自一顆懂得布施的心
  15. 有時煩惱是來自不合理的欲望
  16. 愛護身邊物,惜福常知足
  17. 歡喜和感恩是消除煩惱的力量
  18. 做好事不能少我一個,做壞事不能多我一個
  19. 幸福不在得到多,而在計較少
  20. 臉上有笑容,心中有愛的人最可愛,就是菩薩
  21. 無心去往壞處想,聽任何話都是好話
  22. 師長的責任,只是教導,實踐的路,學生必須自己去走
  23. 心中有愛,才會人見人愛
  24. 忍一時之氣,免百日之憂
  25. 改變別人,不如先改變自己
  26. 常思己過,莫論人非,時時歡喜,時時吉祥
  27. 勿以善小而不為,勿以惡小而為之
  28. 每一天都是做人的開始,每一時刻都是自己的警惕
  29. 笑比皺眉好看,說話比呵斥自然
  30. 去貪就簡,可使心靈得到無比的寧靜與解脫
  31. 求福壽倒不如求平安,平安就是添福壽
  32. 最平常的人最富有
  33. 問心無愧心最安,能夠付出,助人,救人,最是快樂
  34. 待人退一步,愛人寬一寸,在人生道上就會活得很快樂
  35. 最幸福的人就是能寬容與悲憫一切眾生的人
  36. 唯其尊重自己的人,才更勇於縮小自己
  37. 退一步,讓一步,來成全別人,即是修養,即是修行
  38. 面容動作,言談舉止,都是日常生活中修養忍辱得來的
  39. 難行能行,難為能為,才能昇華自我的人格
  40. 人生要為善競爭,分秒必爭
  41. 不要小看自己,因為人有無限的可能
  42. 任何事都是從一個決心,一個種子開始
  43. 再好的機會,福報,如不能把握因緣,一樣會溜走
  44. 有心就有福,有願就有力
  45. 懺悔是心靈的告白,也可以說是精神污染的大掃除
  46. 一個永保感恩心的人,就比較不會陷入困境
  47. 心要像明月一樣,有水就有月,心要像天空一樣,雲開見青天
  48. 心無邪惡,意無邪念,即常可自在,心正則邪不侵
  49. 布施不是有錢人的專利,而是一份虔誠的愛心
  50. 這世界總有比我們悲慘的人,能為別人服務,比被服務的人有福
May 31, 2016

Ms Wei’s Depression Was A Combination of

  1. Decrease in hormone production due to menopause
  2. Recently retired
  3. Immigrating to another country
  4. Worrying about aging parents who were with health conditions

Around 2004 Ms Wei experienced her decrease in hormone production due to menopause. It was also in that year she retired from a long time service as a school administrator in Taiwan. It’d been her husband’s dream to immigrate to the United States when they were both retired and able to enjoy their retirement. However, Ms Wei’s father had several major surgeries in the recent years. The thought of moving to another country and leaving her aging parents behind gave her a lot of stress. 

What Helped Ms Wei Rid Of Depression

  1. Sought medical advice; worked with her doctors to find the sources of depression; followed instructions regarding medication and dosage.
  2. Support from her husband plus positive energy from the nature.
  3. Her own persistence wanting to get better.

To fight depression, Ms Wei considered herself very lucky because she got help from 3 sources. The first one was professional advice. One of her students was a counseling psychologist and gave her a lot of help. A friend also recommended another excellent doctor to her. She got to understand why she got sick and always followed instructions when taking her medicine.

Her husband was her greatest support ever when fighting the depression. He devoted himself to help her. He talked with her and dragged her out of the house. They spent considerable time taking short walks in their lovely neighborhood every day. He planned short and long trips and took her to places she enjoyed. The natural beauty helped her tremulously.

The most important source of her recovery from depression was herself. Ms Wei has always been a doer. It was no exception in this case. She did not allow herself hind inside the house or away from help. She forced herself to follow doctor’s order and cooperate with her husband. And her effort paid. 

Suggestions From An Ex-Depression Patient 1. Depression is a sickness like any other physical illness. There is no need to feel shame about it. Face it, find the right methods to deal with it (combination of medicine and dosage, support from family and friends, strength from oneself), get better and then rid of it.

  1. Insight into depression. There are some commonalities associated with depression but each and every person has his or her own unique experiences. A couple of Ms Wei’s symptoms were feeling extremely tired and had no strength to do anything.
  2. Do NOT stop taking medicine without consulting your doctor. When you get better and wish to reduce dosage, consult your doctor first on how the best and safest way. Ms Wei took 3 kinds of pills and 2 each in the beginning. She got better 2-3 years later, per doctor’s instruction, she cut back only half a pill of each kind and stayed that way for a year before further reduction. Now she takes only half a pill that helps her sleep.
  3. Seek support from family members and friends. Do NOT try to face it alone.
May 30, 2016

魏老師壓力的來源
1. 更年期賀爾蒙變化大
2. 退休
3. 移民
4. 雙親身體不好,放心不下

協助魏老師走出憂鬱的人事物
1. 醫藥協助:有正確心態,不諱疾忌醫,找對醫生,吃對藥,調整劑量,遵循醫生用藥指導
2. 親友支持:多跟家人朋友談話,舒發情緒,感受他們的關心,讓大自然協助
3. 自己努力:要有行動,確實執行讓自己復原的步驟,不能只用想的,要真正去做

魏老師給憂鬱症朋友的建議
1. 正視憂鬱症:精神病跟生理病都是病,沒任何羞恥之處。面對它,對症下藥,擺脫它
2. 要有病識感:是否持續有“沒生病但異常倦怠”或“凡事提不起精神”這類狀況
3. 勿任意斷藥:當病況漸好,穩定後,經詢問醫師,才能非常緩慢的減低用藥劑量。千萬不可大意,以免病情反覆發生,病況加重,造成遺憾。
4. 主動尋求親友支援,不要自己一個人面對。

May 27, 2016

What does “good fortune” mean to you? Lots of money and power? Being healthy and with your beloved ones? Found a list of 100 things that are considered good fortune to us in a Dao Society website. Share with all of you today is a quarter of what are listed.

  1. With a beautiful heart, whatever we see is an eye appeal.
  2. Good fortune comes from a heart that knows how to give.
  3. Speak in a gentle and soft tone, with a sincere and kind attitude.
  4. Show filial obedience to our parents in time; so as are good deeds.
  5. Standing still halfway gives us more hardship than reaching our final goal.
  6. The more forgiveness we give, the more good fortune we get. Enlarge our tolerance level and good fortune will follow.
  7. With love within, we’d be loved by all.
  8. Being happy is not how much we get but how little we calculate or haggle over.
  9. Appreciate what we have in the present. That is what we call attentive and diligent.
  10. Step back and allow others more space. Be tolerant and love others more. We’ll feel much happier in Dao living.
  11. Wanna get praise and applause? Give them to other people first.
  12. The most powerful buddha is none other than our hands and brain.
  13. A vibrating life is one that elaborates its living functions.
  14. When hearing wisdom words, absorb them in like a sponge sucking in water.
  15. Don’t always expect other people to give us something. Instead, think hard what we can offer to others.
  16. Helping others is truly helping ourselves.
  17. Do not see only stains on the appearance of others and fail to see dirt inside our own heart.
  18. Live an energetic and delightful life. Work efficiently and be dependable.
  19. Treat others with kindness. Manage business with honesty. Done both and that is a life full of the true, the good, and the beautiful.
  20. The fuller the grains, the lower the stalks of rice plants bent. A more achieved individual is who with a more humble attitude.
  21. The most important character in filial piety is obedience. Be considerate toward our parents. Converse with them in gentle expression and mild tone. Do not feel or show impatience.
  22. A life of being needed, with some functions, and able to give is a happiest one.
  23. Appreciating others is our dignity at work.
  24. Success is to bring our strengths to full play; Failure is to accumulate our weakness.
  25. Move forward, so to reach the end of the road. Endure, so to eliminate the suffering.
May 26, 2016

1.         心美,看什麼都順眼

2.         福,來自一顆懂得布施的心

3.         講話要溫和輕柔,態度要謙誠親切

4.         孝順要及時,行善也要及時

5.         站在半路,比走到目標,更辛苦

6.         多原諒別人,多得福,把量放大,福氣大

7.         心中有愛,才會人見人愛

8.         幸福不在得到多,而在計較少

9.         把握當下,就是用心

10.     待人退一步,愛人寬一步,在人生道中就會活得很快樂

11.     要得到別人讚嘆,就得先讚嘆別人

12.     最有力量的菩薩,就是我們的手腦

13.     不斷發揮生命功能,才是活著的人生

14.     聽到好話,要如海綿遇水,牢牢吸住

15.     不要總是要求別人給我什麼,要想我能為別人做什麼

16.     幫助別人,其實就是在幫助自己

17.     不要只看到別人外在的污點,卻看不到自己內心的垃圾

18.     生活有朝氣,活得暢暢快快,工作講求效率做得踏踏實實

19.     以愛心待人,以磊落的心胸接物,則人生到處充滿了真善美

20.     稻穗結得越飽滿,越往下垂,一個人越有成就,越有謙沖的胸襟

21.     孝首重在順,要體貼親心,聲色柔順,切不可不耐與嫌煩

22.     人生能被人需要,能夠有份功能,為人付出,才是最幸福的人生

23.     欣賞他人,就是莊嚴自己

24.     成功在優點的發揮,失敗是缺點的累積

25.     "路"必須去走方能到達,"苦"必須去受才可消除

26.     我們應該為別人的成就而生歡喜心

27.     有量就有福,有福心就靈,是謂「福至心靈」

28.     常能反省自己有無過失,即得解脫又自在

29.     學佛就是要善加化解煩惱,尋求心靈的安定

30.     恆心就如滴水穿石,再大的困難與阻礙也能衝破

31.     要想家庭吉祥合睦,要常常起歡喜心

32.     做一切好事要把握時機,也要把握因緣

33.     捨去昨日的好與壞,把握今日

34.     知足常樂,甘願做,歡喜受

35.     生氣是拿別人的過錯來懲罰自己

36.     人生多一份感恩,就多一份美化

37.     縮小自我,擴大心胸,工作要歡喜,人與人要感恩

38.     愛與感恩,能喜淨心中的煩惱

39.     做好事要騰出時間,這是人生的目的,也是人生的義務

40.     生命只有數十年,慧命是永遠不滅的

41.     願要大,志要堅,氣要柔,心要細

42.     為人處事要小心,細心,但不要小心眼

43.     能付出愛心就是福,能消除煩惱就是慧

44.     時時存好心,日日是好日

45.     口說好話,心享好念,身行好事

46.     信心,毅力,勇氣三者具備,則天下沒有做不成的事

47.     口說好話如吐蓮花,口說壞話如吐毒蛇

48.     太陽光大,父母恩大,君子量大,小人氣大

49.     理直氣要和,得理要饒人

50.     人要知福,惜福,再造福

May 24, 2016

A New Passion Was Born Because Of …

  • Helping the kid develop her fine motor skills when she was little
  • Personal interests
  • Needing it as a distraction

Unearth The Sources of The Stress

  • Taking care of sick family members: Cathy’s mom had a severe stroke while her mother-in-law is suffering from cancer.
  • Trying to understand why they get sick.

Find Outlets To Reduce The Stress

  • Do what you enjoy: To Cathy, concentrating on making handicrafts helps her forget about stress. Observing changes of materials, such as water dissolving the paint and the way of paper absorbing paint also amazes her.
  • Let the nature help you: Cathy takes a stroll at the beach or in the park to refresh herself. Seeing the ocean accepts water coming from all rivers and raindrops from the sky inspires her. She told herself to try harder and be more tolerant.
  • Volunteer yourself: Cathy teaches at a children’s reading club. She enjoys sharing worry-free time with them.
  • Talk it out loud: Cathy’s husband is great help for her to release the stress.
  • Contemplate wisdom words from books.

Reminder

  • Be aware of the expenses if you’re using art as a way to reduce stress. Materials of handicrafts can be expensive.
  • DO NOT CREATE another source of stress for yourself no matter what means you use.

P.S. Wanna see Cathy’s stress-free card and water painting? Please visit daocafe.com.

May 23, 2016

做手工卡片的原由

  • 幫助孩子手指靈活度
  • 自己有興趣
  • 用來轉移注意力

 找出壓力的來源

  • 照顧生病的家人
  • 試著理解家人生病的原由

 找出適合個人的減壓方法

  • 做喜歡做的事:手工藝,觀察材料的變化
  • 大自然療法:到海邊走走
  • 做志工:在兒童讀經班當志工老師
  • 與伴侶談談,解開癥結

 提醒事項

  • 注意額外開支,不要讓減壓變成增壓

P.S. 想看 Cathy 的卡片及水彩畫嗎?請到 daocafe.com ,有好清爽的水彩作品分享哦!

May 20, 2016

Here Are Some Reasons For Being A Vegetarian. Which One(s) Are Yours?

  1. Health: Consume more vegetables and fresh fruit. Stay away from diseases using animals as media.
  2. Environment: Help reduce possible pollutions coming from big scale livestock farms, such as chemical use on land and greenhouse gases emissions from animals.
  3. Religion: Stop producing causes in the chain of causation (Nidana). Made amends for past wrongdoings. Liberate oneself from the cycle of death and rebirth.
  4. Kindness

 What The Books Said

  1. Three-Character Classic: “Rice, spiked millet, pulse, wheat, glutinous millet, and common millet are the six kinds of grains humans eat. The horses, oxen, sheep, poultry, dogs, and pigs are the six kinds of animals humans keep.”
  2. The Works of Mencius: “A gentleman shows compassion towards animals. Having seen them alive, he bears not seeing them killed. Should he hear their dying cries, he cannot endure eating their flesh.”
  3. Nirvana Sutra: “Mahā Kāśyapa asked Buddha, ‘why are you afraid of eating meat?’ Buddha replied, ‘whoever eats meat is slashing at the roots of his kindness.’”
  4. Proverbs (15:17): Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

 Three Levels of Vegetarian Deeds

  1. Manners: What one does when being with other people and when alone
  • Act and dress properly according to the occasions.
  • Stay away from dangerous zones.
  1. Be aware of what comes in & out of our mouth
  • Not to eat fowls, beasts, or fish.
  • Not to consume onions of any kinds, garlics, and tobacco and products made from them.

Śūraṅgama Sūtra, “To those who are seeking Samādhi (a state of meditative consciousness), stop eating these five kinds of vegetables. Eating them cooked would enhance your sexual desire, while the raw ones would elevate your temper. Even if one could interpret 12 different sutras beautifully, the saints and sages from heaven would not get close to him because of the strong smell from those vegetables.”

  • Do not consume alcohol.

Proverbs (23:20): Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh.

  • Watch what you say: Do not say what you don’t know, gossip, swear, or flatter others too much.
  1. Keep your mind/heart cleansed
  • Be aware what you think and do when alone.
  • Don’t let the thoughts of greed, anger, desire, doubt, and proud occupy you. Stay with Dao.

 Conclusion: Advantages of Keeping A Vegetarian Diet

  1. Be healthier: The less the artificial additives, the less burdens to the organs, and better to the health.
  2. Put a stop to Nidana (the chain of causation). Eliminate the causes and comes no effect.

“Listen to me and make yourself a vegetarian. From one origin are the humans and animals. So cruel to kill and eat the flesh of your kind! How sad would it be if your places are swapped? (Guanyin Bodhisattva)

  1. Recovery of your pure self: “Men at their birth are naturally good. Their natures are much the same; their habits become widely different.” Reduce the material desires, rid of the muddle thoughts and keep your mind clear. Thus regain your true and pure soul.
  2. Let kindness become you.
May 19, 2016

吃素的理由很多種,您是哪一種?

  1. 健康立場:養身體,增靈敏,避疾病
  2. 生態環保:減少大規模畜養動物而引發的各種污染
  3. 宗教信仰:不造因果,消冤解孽,解脫輪迴
  4. 慈悲養性:培養聖人心懷,成就仙佛

各教經典這樣說

  1. 三字經:「稻粱菽,麥黍稷,此六穀,人所食。馬牛羊,雞犬豕,此六畜,人所飼。」
  2. 孟子梁惠王章句上:「見其生不忍見其死,聞其聲不忍食其肉。」
  3. 涅槃經:「迦葉白佛言:云何如來不敢食肉?佛言:善男子,夫食肉者,斷大悲種。」
  4. 箴言15:17:「吃蔬菜、彼此相愛,強如吃肥牛、彼此相恨。」

吃素也叫持齋,持齋有三,全體到位,身心潔淨

  1. 身清:行清,戒殺盜淫
  • 行為舉止合禮:儀容適分;足涉正當場所:遠離聲色;身行合道之事:勿逾規矩
  1. 口清
  • 不食三厭五葷(五辛)
    三厭:飛禽、走獸、水族類。三厭俱陰濁,食之傷人純陽之體
    五葷:蔥、蒜、韭、薤、興蕖。五葷氣味凶險,食之散五臟之元氣
    楞嚴經:「諸眾生求三摩提,當斷世間五種辛食,此五種辛,熟食發淫,生啖嗔恚。如是世界食辛之人,縱能宣說十二部經,十方天仙嫌其臭穢,咸皆遠離。」
  • 不抽煙
  • 不喝酒:五戒中酒是遮戒
    飲酒傷肝損腦;酒會亂性,易生是非意外。
    關聖帝君慈訓:酒是亂性之根源,傷智失體易招愆;面紅耳赤眼神變,好似魔鬼在人間
    箴言23:20:「好飲酒的、好吃肉的,不要與他們來往。」
  • 不出穢言:禍從口出。口造四過:綺語、惡口、兩舌、妄言
  1. 意清:心清
  • 心中所思符合中道,起心動念處用功夫;君子慎獨、鎖心猿拴意馬,不起貪瞋癡疑慢之妄念
  • 嚴守六勿(視聽言動食想),眼耳鼻舌身意,內外六根皆潔淨

從各種角度看持齋

  1. 營養保健:攝取天然食物,不加人工作料,有益健康
  2. 不造因果:劫難由眾生所造的因果所致,吃素去除欠債的因,當然沒有還債的果
  • 佛陀:「食肉得無量罪,死墮惡道,受無量苦。」
  1. 慈悲心懷:
  • 觀音菩薩:「奉勸世人早持齋,人性物性一處來,忍心殺食同胞肉,將心比心實可哀。」
  1. 復明本性:人之初,性本善
  • 心寡慾,去濁存清,恢復自性靈明

結論:身口意的持齋方式,幫助我們改善性格、命運,進而行功、立德

May 17, 2016

The Birth, Growth, & Giving back of A-Hung Vegetarian Deli

  • Established some years ago for his son A-Hung who later found a job related to his major in graduate school.
  • The deli has no advertisement budget. New customers are from recommendation of word of mouth and search of its present online.
  • The restaurant held a 3-day event in December 2015 supplying free vegetarian food to every dined in guest as a way to give back to the society and helping the needed. 

Philosophy of Running the Deli

  • Kindness: The more people consume vegetarian food means the fewer animals are butchered as a food source.
  • Food safety: The roadside deli is surrounded by vegetable farms. To ensure food safety, instead of cutting a much cheaper deal with his farmer neighbors, Mr. Chen makes his vegetable purchases at the central market where pesticide residue is tested as a requirement.
  • A consciousness business: Dishes in many vegetable restaurants include various kinds of fake meat and fake fish products. This kind of processed food is believed not as healthy as the natural kind. It’s also very hard to determine what are really used. Thus Mr. Chen prefers to use less processed ingredients and more naturally grown food that you can tell what they really are!!!
  • A happy workplace: Mr. Chen is a student of Confucianism, Dao philosophy, and Buddhist doctrine. He enjoys debating such spirituality with customers who share the same interest.
  • The secret ingredients: “Please wait for your food patiently because we prepare them with our heart.” Joyfulness, good wishes, and nutritious ingredients. 

Suggestions To Vegetarians Who Care What You Eat

  • Ask the shop keeper what an item is made from.
  • Read the prints on the packages what the ingredients are and where they are produced. In Japan, fish is considered vegetarian. While in southeastern Asia countries, onions and garlics. In many western countries, seafood, onions and garlics are.
  • After the above checking done, if you believe what is told or printed, eat the food. If you don’t trust them, take your business elsewhere. 

Suggestions To Want-To-Be Vegetarian Deli Owners

  • Stable customer source nearby: Set up your deli near a college or residential zone where walk-in customers are guaranteed.
  • Location, location, location: The Deli is located on the roadside of Highway 9 outside Hua-Lian City. It’s very convenient to vegetarians touring the beauty of eastern Taiwan coast.
  • Safe and delicious food: Do your best to provide healthy and enjoyable food to the customers. Words of satisfied customers are much more powerful and trustworthy than paid ads.
May 16, 2016

素食館源由與推廣

  • 幫兒子創業
  • 平安齋
  • 口耳相傳
  • 網路搜尋

經營素食館的理念與觀念

  • 方便素食:減少殺業
  • 食材安全:重視農藥門檻
  • 良心事業:少用仿葷素料
  • 教育事業:與用餐客人談佛說道、處事之法
  • 神秘配方:充滿法喜、用心烹煮、食料道地

素不素自己負責

  • 問店家素料來源
  • 看產品標籤
  • 相信就吃,不相信就別吃

給想開素食館朋友的建議

  • 有基本客源
  • 交通方便
  • 肚地要大
  • 食物安全好吃

補充:素食不含肉,但仍有種類與區域性的差異

  • 全素:不食奶、蛋、五葷(蔥、蒜、韭、蕎、興渠)、水產
  • Vegan:不食奶蛋,可食五葷
  • 五辛素:可食奶蛋、五葷
  • 蛋素:可食蛋類製品
  • 奶素:可食奶類製品
  • 台灣:不食魚、五葷
  • 東南亞:可食五葷
  • 日本:可食水產類
  • 西方:可食五葷;有些人也食用水產類
May 13, 2016

What To Do When Arranging Flowers

  • To accommodate a theme, trim off extra twigs and leaves.

Study the materials in hand according to the theme. It’s necessary to sacrifice some twigs and leaves in order to bring the vision live. It also allows all the nourishment to go to the remaining flowers and leaves so they can bloom to their best.

  • Be creative and put the trim off materials in good use.

Often times the trimmed off parts are enough for a smaller flower bouquet. It’s time to show how talented you are!

 

The Loss And The Gain When Living A Life

  • If not paying attention to what we eat or willing to sacrifice delicious food, we might face the danger of hypertension, hyperglycemia, and hyperlipidemia. So as the probability of being overweight.

In Taiwan, a balanced diet with "three lows and one high" has been recommended in recent years. They are low fat, low sugar, low salt, and high in fiber. It is believed consuming a 3L1H diet in a long run can help lower the risk of contracting diseases.

  • A steady job helps to put food on the table and support the family. What if it’s boring and without a future? What if we have a dream that might possibly come true?
  • What to get? What to lose? What if we let go of certain things? What if not?

 

Sharing here is a forwarded poem (Translated from Chinese)

If fame and wealth are the sources of bitterness, why are you chasing them nonstop?

If love and affection are the sources of bitterness, do you want to own them or end them?

If you make a wrong choice, should you restart or keep on going?

When you are troubled and emotional, should you reconcile or stay puzzled?

If the variables are the sources of bitterness, with whom can you consult?

If reincarnation is the source of bitterness, why don’t you want to escape?

If you are confused and done something wrong, don’t stay that way afterward.

Puzzle out what the four afflictions (birth, aging, sickness, and death) are. Seek the Dao and be enlightened.

It’s up to you to be a hero or an ordinary person.

If you are content with a modest lifestyle and enjoy living Dao, you do not feel bitter.

Do you best to give not worrying about what to gain in return. Do what need to be done and cultivate.

Be kind and considerate. The fulfillment of your mind is worthy more than riches.

Do not allow the three poisons (of ignorance, attachment, and aversion) flooding your way home.

Transform the senses (consciousness) into wisdom. Solve the emotion confusion in life.

Living a simple and ordinary life is a kind of happiness.

May 12, 2016

 插花中的捨與得

  • 捨掉主題外的枝葉,得到重點的整體感: 插花老師一再強調,想要有好的作品,一定要捨得。依照主題研究手中的花材,找出最好的呈現方式後,適度修剪花材,不但凸出主體,養分集中供給,表現出作品最美好的一面
  • 發揮個人創意,營造額外驚喜: 為修剪下來的花材,找出它們另一個春天 

生活中的得失

  • 不捨醇酒與美食,可能得到三高(高血糖、高血脂、高血壓)與體重問題: 均衡飲食是維持健康的基石,三高者的飲食原則應為少糖、少油、少鹽、高纖維質
  • 不捨一成不變的工作,得到穩定收入,卻可能失了一展抱負的機會
  • 不捨,得到什麼?失了什麼?
  • 如果捨了,得到什麼?又失了什麼?

 生命中的取捨

  • 滿溢的器皿不納新物
  • 分享一篇在佛堂看到的訓文:

如果名利是苦,為何你不停追逐

如果情愛是苦,要擁有還是結束

如果選擇錯誤,要重來還是不顧

心起無明酸苦,應該化解還是執迷不悟

如果無常是苦,你要把苦向誰訴

如果輪迴是苦,為何你不想跳出

如果一念迷失,也不能步步錯誤

看開生老病死,誠心無為訪求大道體悟

要做英雄好漢,還是一介凡夫

全憑你自己,真修煉來下功夫

安貧樂道心中知足,就不覺得苦

心無所住,坦然安泰,自己來渡

慈悲心懷,修培靈屋,勝過財富

莫讓貪嗔癡,淹沒了回家的路

轉識為智,化解生活中哀樂喜怒

平實平淡也是一種幸福

May 10, 2016

In The Art of Arranging Flowers

  • Make the best out of what we get in hand

Arranging flowers is like living a life. The materials that are distributed to our hands can range from the top quality to the worst. What we can do is find a suitable way to make the best out of what we have got. And that is life.

  • Give up some and gain some

A bush that is too flourishing is not necessary a good thing when the nourishment is limited. With the theme in mind, identify the feature of the materials and trim off unnecessary twigs. By giving up something we’re not willing to part with, we gain a better result in return.

  • Create another bouquet using the trimmed off twigs when possible

With originality, time, and effort, we can put the trimmed off materials in good use and create something that is unique in its own way. It’s up to us, the teacher or the parents, to help the materials, aka our students or children, show what they’ve got to share with the world.

  • The bouquet mirrors the owner’s emotion

Are we in a stormy mood, a high spirit, or uncertain of something? There is no need to hind because our flower arrangements will tell.

  • It’s Dao everywhere

If we know what we’re doing, we find Dao in our daily living all the time. It’s not a surprise to anyone who has the flower arranging as a hobby to know the secret.

 

Family Education & Wisdom Words

  • Basic manners

Ms. Lin asked not much of her children except that they have good manners and show respect to others. To her, these are the basic of family education and much more important than outstanding grades and good looks.

  • Wisdom words shared in the children’s reading club

In the Chinese classic reading club, children memorize the words other than understanding the meaning if they start at a young age. The power of the wisdom words, however, accompanies the children all the way to their adulthood. By then, they’ve comprehended some the meanings and applied them daily.

 

Life of A Stay-At-Home Mom: Experience and Suggestions from Ms. Lin

  • Devoting to the children and the husband, and sometimes forgetting about herself
  • It’s better to develop a couple of healthy hobbies

Mindfulness, religion, spiritual fulfillment

May 9, 2016

從花中看人生

  • 因材施教
  • 有捨才有得
  • 熟能生巧
  • 生活中到處都有道

 家庭教育、經典教育

  • 基本禮貌
  • 品格要求
  • 兒童讀經:聖言量

 在家媽媽的生活

  • 為孩子、為先生,有時沒有自我
  • 建議發展個人興趣
  • 心靈滋潤、宗教信仰

 

May 6, 2016
  1. Self-Care Suggestions in Spring from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective
  • Get up early. Wear comfortable clothing, let your hair down, and relax your whole body. Stroll in a spacy and green place such as in the yard or in a park. Avoid doing exercise that is fierce.
  • It’s better to go to bed before 11 PM. According to TCM  theory, from 11 PM to 1 AM, the chi in the body circulates to the Gallbladder Meridian of Foot-Shaoyang (GB, 足少陽膽經), and 1 AM to 3 AM Liver Meridian of Foot-Jueyin (LR, 足厥陰肝經). So from 11pm to 3am, the gallbladder chi (qi) and liver chi are most It’s best for you to rest and let your liver and gallbladder work their magic to rid of the toxin and waste in your body.
  1. Three Level of the Nourishing Your Life: from the Perspective of Dao
  • The Best: Nourish your mind (heart)
  • The Midian: Nourish your chi (qi)
  • The Basic: Nourish your body
  1. Nourish Your Whole Person
  • Nourish your virtues first: the best nourishment by preventing illnesses to occur. Nip possible illnesses in the bud.
  • Next is to nourish your heart: by being righteous to oneself, and kind and generous to others
  • Now is you’re nourishing yourself
  1. Example:  A 106 years old TCM doctor from ChungChing China1
  • His tricks to nourish himself: nourish De before nourishing the mind
  • Daily life: a combination of active and passive activities, but focusing on the passive ones
  • Diet: a combination of non-vege and vegetarian food, but mainly the vegetarian food
  • Moto: Guard your mind and emotion well, and it’s more likely illnesses stay away from you.
  • (The Operation of Dao in) Nourishing De (Virtues), Laozi (Lao-Tzu) Dao-De-Jing, Chapter 51 All things are produced by the Dao, and nourished by its outflowing operation. They receive their forms according to the nature of each, and are completed according to the circumstances of their condition. Therefore all things without exception honor the Dao, and exalt its outflowing operation. This honoring of the Dao and exalting of its operation is not the result of any ordination, but always a spontaneous tribute. Thus it is that the Dao produces (all things), nourishes them, brings them to their full growth, nurses them, completes them, matures them, maintains them, and overspreads them. It produces them and makes no claim to the possession of them; it carries them through their processes and does not vaunt its ability in doing so; it brings them to maturity and exercises no control over them; - this is called its mysterious operation.2
1 養生秘訣:養德         http://wp.chjh.tp.edu.tw/blog/apest/?page_id=316
2 Dao-De-Jing (Tao Te Ching)      http://ctext.org/dao-de-jing
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