Tao Te Ching Chapter 10

Chapter 10 of the Tao Te Ching speaks to the bearing of a Taoist; the humility that comes with enlightened understanding, and the challenges one faces along that path. I particularly like “In the heavens gate’s opening and closing, Can one hold to the feminine principle?” The feminine principle at that time symbolizing the yin principle of serenity and quietude, thus in realizing great truths can one hold to serenity and quietude or does the ego take over? Time will tell for this guy I guess (seems I’m convinced that I will learn some great truth at some point so perhaps not… hahaha).

Thank you to Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained by Derek Lin.

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.29.54 AMIn holding the soul and embracing oneness
Can one be steadfast, without straying?
In concentrating the energy and reach relaxation
Can one be like an infant?
In cleaning away the worldly view
Can one be without imperfections?
In loving the people and ruling the nation
Can one be without manipulation?
In the heavens gate’s opening and closing
Can one hold to the feminine principle?
In understanding clearly all directions
Can one be without intellectuality?

Bearing it, rearing it
Bearing without possession
Achieving without arrogance
Raising without domination
This is called the Mystic Virtue


Book Recommendation: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 9.11.59 AMSome books are a gift; some of which are simply re-gifted or lay forgotten on a shelf. Some such as Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are to be treasured, brought down several times a year to be marvelled at yet again. Gift this book. Give it to that girl you have always wanted to impress. Gift it to your arrogant friend who only shuts his opinionated mouth when captured by a good book. Send it to your Grandma to read while she bakes the next batch of cookies to send back to you. Present it to your friend who has ‘always wanted to read’. Gift it to yourself.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie manages to do what very few writers can, she changes how you view the world. With Half the Yellow Sun she not only opens your eyes, she challenges you to leave them that way.

In Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda gives voice to a violent world filled with seemingly undying hope captured within the love and conflict of her very real characters and their very poignant lives, made all the more real as this fiction was set within actual world events.

I hated war before this book; I hate it more now. Yet I am left with a deep satisfying love for the characters who allowed me to witness them as they struggled through this war. Nigeria was once just a name on a map for me, now I realize some of their struggle and can do my little part to ensure such evils are limited today, at least within myself.

Like I said, some books change the way you view the world.

Day of Birth / Night Crawlers

Dark and captivating.

Bonsoir. I know I’ve been absent online recently but I have been writing the whole time. I challenged myself to mesh together all of the odd bits and pieces I’ve penned over the past 6 weeks into one story. This is the result.

Originally posted on Hijacked Amygdala here


Day of Birth


She had taken the day off work but forgot to turn off her usual alarm. All hopes of a lie-in were demolished. She was not ready to turn 29. “Let’s call the whole thing off.”


She wondered if the ravens knew that their continuous cawing is the most consistent, reliable thing in her life.


A murder of crows. An ostentation of peacocks. A parliament of owls. She had no collective. She just was.


She buried her phone under her mattress so she didn’t have to face life just yet. She began to read The Glass…

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Financial Statement Analysis For Successful Investment — Simplistic success

One of the key components of long-term investing is finding strong companies that will have a consistent dependable growth pattern. Proper value investments can be achieved through financial statement analysis of stock(s) you are interested in investing in. Income statement The income statement or profit and loss statement provides details of a companies revenue and…

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Mochas and Musketeers

One of my favourites!

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tumblr_npiufvXZkL1tz1jmlo1_1280Flamboyant heroes, adventure, riveting duels, and of course romance.

Alexandre Dumas
and his swashbuckling  Musketeers have fascinated for ages!
To honor Dumas on his birthday today
July 24th 1855, I wanted to share his many works featuring the most beloved comrades The Musketeers.

Here are the D’Artagnan Romances:

 The Three Musketeers
An adventurous tale of the young man d’Artagnan. Leaving home to travel to Paris, d’Artagnan wishes to join the Musketeers of the Guard. He is not one of the musketeers of the title but befriends Athos, Porthos and Aramis (inseparable friends who live by the motto “all for one, one for all.”) This motto which is first put forth by d’Artagnan, has become a most well known and loved signet. This a historical fiction full of memorable adventure and characters.

Rated: 4.5 on amazon.com Trucos-para-preparar-un-café-5-estrellas-en-casa
Book Bean: Un café
A coffee, plain and simple, but not as we would have in…

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Book Review: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh — Hello Beautiful Book Blog

Wonderfully crafted retelling of 1001 nights. The plot is intriguing, the characters are complex and the setting is rich. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh One Life to One Dawn. In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, […]

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Who — Eyes + Words

Written by Jacob Ibrag She used to be able to read people. To see them smile and know why. To figure out what made them cry. She loved every part of her job, till she lost every part of herself. Giving away little pieces to those that needed it. With time she became the little boy that felt alone, the girl that just wanted to find love, the man that thought he wasn’t enough. Staring at the mirror by her bed, she couldn’t help wonder who that was staring right back. Photographer […]

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Life is a Journey… Books I’m Reading Next!

IMG_1965My favourite coffee cup reads: life is a journey. Which it is but when it is not you can always read!!

Big thank you to Amazon for delivering to my door the most recent release from  two of my favourite novelists, Guy Gavriel Kay and Steven Erikson!!!

I cannot wait to get into these novels!

Fall of Light by Steven Erikson is book two of the Kharkanas Trilogy. I have written about the work of Steven Erikson and Ian C. Eslemont before. Simply stunning in voice and the sheer scope of the world the co-created.

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay is a return to historical fiction at its best! No one does it better than guy Gavriel Kay, which is why he may be my favourite novelist of all!

Reviews will be forthcoming!

Tao Te Ching Chapter 9

Chapter 9 speaks to restraint and piety. The wisdom of having just enough and when having achieved greatness bowing out of the spotlight. There is quiet charm in this way. What is this prevailing need we in the West have for more? It has become impossible to fill our needs, once we have attained our desires they pale in comparison to something else, thus the discontent is born again until we reach that plateau, only to seek out the next great thing again and again and again.

I cannot see fault in the wisdom of being content with enough. What is enough is the question. Are you comfortable? Have you cleared your debt? Do you have enough that should you not be able to work you will survive? If so perhaps that is enough. Anything more is desires and not needs.

As for bowing out when reaching greatness; what is the persuasive need we have to lord our possessions and achievements our peers other than our own insecurities crying out for acknowledgment and attention? But what do I know? I write a blog…

As always thanks to taoism.net and to Derek Lin’s Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained.

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.29.54 AMHolding a cup and overfilling it
Cannot be as good as stopping short
Pounding a blade and sharpening it
Cannot be kept for long

Gold and jade fill up the room
No one is able to protect them
Wealth and position bring arrogance
And leave disasters upon oneself

When achievement is completed, fame is attained
Withdraw oneself
This is the Tao of Heaven