Live in the Present

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. – Henry David Thoreau

I am nearing my 400th Post. And to celebrate I will be reposting edited versions of some of my favorite posts over the two years. Content REPOST from September 2020

Each day, upon waking, the sumptuous banquet of exquisite moments manifests before your eyes, and promptly ignored. Time is limited you tell yourself. I have to do: A, B, C, … Commitments and obligations block the Way. All the while, everyday miracles tantalize the real, unadorned you. You come to believe the life unlived with its heady perfume and sensuous silhouettes has to remain an unrealized dream. But that does not have to be. You can rediscover that lost land of youth. The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. J. M. Barrie

Do not live to work; work to live. In physics, work is force times the distance through which it acts. You are paid to expend energy over work-time. If you have to force yourself every day to do that work the job is toxic. If you mentally carry that job with you outside work, you need to refocus your priorities. Do not allow the payment of money for your time to bleed off your life-energy to the point you feel deflated and hollow. A job is simply a means to an end, and it should not be the end of you.

Part of your life’s work is appreciating the miracles of: you, those you love, and the miraculous world around you. Miracles abound in this world of ours. We separate ourselves from them – not them from us. This glorious now is life. There is no equivalence between the importance of work and the significance of life. Miracles are not contrary to nature but only contrary to what we know about nature. – St. Augustine

Now is the time to live. Living in the real world does not have to mean setting aside your true nature in order to accept the artificial creation of the workplace. The eight hour work day is a creation of the Industrial Revolution. People worked fewer hours hundreds of years ago. For instance, in medieval Europe peasants worked from dawn to dusk, (16 hours in summer and 8 in winter). But their day was interrupted by: breakfast, lunch, afternoon nap, dinner, plus morning and afternoon refreshments. And a third or more of the year was given over to holidays and merrymaking. (The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, by Juliet B. Schor).

There will always be more to do. Pull yourself back from the hurry and the worry. Remind yourself of what is truly important to you. Reclaim the splendor of living your life. Reclaim the bounty of happy miracles. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.Albert Einstein

20 Tips for Work-Life Balance

Do work that fulfills you

Change jobs if you hate it

Find work that is more fulfilling

Praise the work of others sincerely

Improve your communication skills

Learn by doing

Proofread your work

Evade office politics

Don’t over commit

Improve writing skills

Prioritize your time

Organize your workspace

Save money

Celebrate your efforts

Establish “me time” after work

Save one fun thing for the work week

Don’t do household chores only on the weekends

Learn to say No

Shorten commitments and minimize interruptions

Leave work at work

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Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.Bruce Lee

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In stillness, the yin and the yang share a single virtue; in motion, the yin and the yang share a single flow.Zhuangzi

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The Yin and Yang of it All

Many people have the mistaken notion that Yin and Yang are opposites when in fact they are interconnected complementary forces. The interplay between Yin and Yang is integral to all aspects of life. To follow the Tao, move within the ever-flowing exchange between Yin and Yang.

Yin represents earth. Yin symbolizes the feminine aspects: passiveness, darkness, and more. The literal translation of Yin is “shady side of the hill”. When looking at a candle chart of crypto trading data, Yin manifests in the valleys and even numbers. Yin energy is present in the red lines of falling values on the right side of a hill or wave of data.

Yang represents heaven. Yang symbolizes maleness, light, activity and more. Yang is translated as “sunny side of the hill”. Yang is manifested in the peaks and even numbers. Yang energy shines from in the green lines and rising values up the hill.

Yin – Valley, Curve, Down, Contraction, Passive – When Yin appears prepare to SELL

Yang – Mountain, straight Line, Up, Expansion, Active – When Yang appears prepare to BUY

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If you follow the buying and selling patterns of the group, you will only be led by them along their path. You will never find your Way. To paraphrase the Tao Te Ching: The journey of a thousand bitcoins begins with a single Satoshi (0.00000001 ฿).

World between Worlds – A Poem

The spring evening cools the warm stone.

A heady perfume of grass and ground rises from behind the veiled sunset.

Night wings beat. A stillness comes.

From the front porch, sounds of child’s play call the heart to sift the years through open hands.

The memory of nights such as these coaxes the eyes to see once again the certain steps that must be taken.

Raise the curtain and trod the boards again.

Revelation thunders forth from the inner soliloquy.

Stars blaze into being one by one and are soon joined by a myriad of brilliant flames.

Share in the simple ancestral dreams.

Speak true words. Your words.

From your heart. To your soul.

Quench a thirsty world in a flowing cascade of truth.

Open the eyes of the sleepwalkers who struggle against the bindings of their own making.

The evening fades.

Luscious darkness envelops the blank sheet.

The world between worlds opens.

Dreams blaze into being one by one.

Excerpt from The Boomer Whisperer

The Tao of Crypto

The human mind has the power to shape reality. – Wheeler

The energy of an ancient divination code is embedded within the digital world. The essence of this code cultivates the flowing dynamism of the ubiquitous, primordial Way of the universe – the Tao. Countless cryptographic architectures incorporate the unifying energy of the Tao into their decentralized structure. Understand this and increase opportunities for success.

In nanoseconds, trillions of lines of code compile into crests and troughs upon vast digital seas. The interlinked actions of billions ebbs and flows twenty-four hours a day driving the global economy before it in great data-waves. Millions of dollars per second course through thousands of geographically disperse channels like great energetic arteries generating hundreds of diverse crypto descendants from the fruitful near future. Individual participants’ binary choices within the pulsating global mind summon the dual complementary forces which bring forth the One – the it within every bit – The Tao of Crypto. Harness these forces to enhance the future.

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Section Two contains a divination method for using the ancient energy of the I Ching in the 21st Century Crypto world. The section includes modern day interpretations of the 64 Hexagrams to aid readers in their crypto trading decision making process. Change is a constant. By gaining an insight into the present and near future changes can potentially aid a person in making better choices along the Way.

Section Three is a Crypto Lexicon. It is intended to be a general introduction to the ever-expanding terminology of the day.

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Mountain and Moon Fairy Tale

Today is the romantic Mid-Autumn Day moon festival. When I was a managing editor in China, I had to write a large percent of the new content for the monthly magazine and weekly newspaper. The city of Hangzhou is world famous for its Mid-Autumn Day celebration. One year I wrote a well received fairy tale about the moon for the magazine. The following is my romantic fairy tale of the love between the mountain and the moon.

Mountain had stood there since before time was first recorded. He was not very large, but he was a fine mountain nonetheless. As each season passed, Mountain went from cold bare stone to bright blooms to leafy blanket to brilliant colors and back to bare stone. This is as it had always been, and that was how it would always be. Except one day, after a long hot summer when the leaves on the ginkgo trees had changed from green to golden, and the late blooming lotus filled the largest pool in his stream. Mountain gazed down at the still waters. The crimson sun had drifted below the horizon and left behind a warm pink caress of light; and across the lake, mountain saw reflected a beautiful glowing orb as lustrous as a celestial pearl. Mountain trembled at the sight. The soft light grew into a magnificent glow that soon pushed away the sunset. Mountain shook. The vibrations rippled across the lakes surface and tore apart the image of the celestial pearl. Mountain called out to the sky.

“Who are you? You are so beautiful. Why have I never noticed you before?”

Mountain waited but there was no answer to his calls. He called out again with thunder and whirlwinds in his voice.

“Who are you? Your magnificent light is like a magic lantern above my head. Why do you not answer me?”

Still the dark night air was empty. There was no reply. Mountain grew impatient and his rumblings called the thunder drum to beat loudly, the lightning to strike wildly and the winds to blow fiercely. All the storming erased the reflection of the glowing sphere. Great storms fell over Mountain for days.

A mighty flood roared down the mountainside. It tore great gouges in the once tranquil lake. When at last the storm ended, the lake had been carved into a perfect circle. The stream entered the eastern edge like a cord and left the western edge like a knotted tassel. Mountain blew a calm breeze through the fiery golden leaves. The rustling of the autumn leaves created a symphony of dancing color. The red sun fell below the horizon. Mountain trembled in anticipation. He had created a magical scene. There over the horizon’s edge came the soft light his aching heart longed for. Soon the beautiful celestial pearl was above the circular tranquil pool. Mountain called out softly.

“Oh magnificent pearl look down upon this frame I have created to reflect your beauty. Please see here a humble admirer. I beg only to know your name.”

The light paused above the circular lake that danced with beautiful foliage of red, orange and yellow. As the mountain watched a fiery dot of light raced across the sky. It trailed a tail of fire. The streak of fire fell into the center of the mirror lake. The lake surface rang out with a thousand rings of light.

“The beauty of what you have created has caused my tears to fall. I am called Moon.”
Moon stood still. Mountain grew silent as the thousand rays of light curved back together to form a single glowing reflection. All was quiet as Mountain waited.

Moon’s voice sang out softly.

“I know you. You are the mighty Mountain. I have watched you as each season you change.”

“There are many mountains stronger that I am. There are many mountains taller than I am.”

Another fiery tear fell from Moon.

“Yes that may be true, but those mountains have always been cold to my passing as I wandered the night sky alone. Those mountains see only the sun and at night they sleep as I pass over them.”

“They are fools. For you are the most wondrous being I have ever beheld. Your sublime light fills me with joy.”

Soon tears of fire filled the sky. Each landed in the heart of the lake. An island was born.

Mountain looked at this new land and saw that in the very center was a large circle of stone. He filled it with water.

“We can be together here.” Moon said.

“This moon pool will be the center of my life.” Mountain said. “I will build my world around this magical place. Each day my life will pass as it always has; but at night I will gaze upon your beauty, and we will be together.”

The last of Moon’s tears fell directly into the center of the moon pool. It was shaped like a perfect peach blossom.

“This white jade blossom holds my love for you. The rains will never carve it. Fire and ice will never shatter it. It, like our love for each other, will last forever.”

Mountain summoned all his strength and created a mighty whirlwind. It grew in ferocity until it tore all the leaves from all his trees. A thousand million brilliant leaves swirled in the air. They created a beautiful flashing sky column. Mountain turned all of his enormous energy loose; and the thousand million ginkgo leaves scattered across the dark sky. They filled the once empty black air like glittering fire gems.

“ I have created this Silver River of stars to protect and comfort you on your journey across the endless sky. They form a path that will always lead you back to me. You will never be lost to me again.”

Mountain and Moon became eternal lovers. Moon’s devoted path of love lights the night’s sky like a magical lantern shining over a dark sea. Their eternal love glows with the beautiful light of true love.

Love is the most powerful force in the Universe.

The Smoky Dragons of Reality

No phenomenon is a real phenomenon until it is an observed phenomenon. We are participants in bringing into being not only the near and here, but the far away and long ago. – John A. Wheeler

A distant cousin of mine, John Archibald Wheeler, was one of America’s greatest physicists. He worked with and taught many of the 20th Centuries most talented scientists (Einstein, Bohr, Feynman). His distinguished lifetime of scientific investigations led him to conclude – many basic aspects of our Universe required conscious observation to bring them into being.

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.George Orwell

Modern physics shows we live in a participatory Universe. Consider the measurement of particles of light. We learned in school that, due to wave-particle duality, light is both a wave and a particle before being measured. But as photons of light travel, how do they travel along two paths, as both wave and as particle? Or, does our experiment collapse the particle-wave into one or the other form, depending on our measurement?

Wheeler described these particles of light as a great smoky dragon. “The mouth of the dragon is sharp, where it bites the counter. The tail of the dragon is sharp, where the photon starts, What the dragon does or looks like in between we have no right to speak.”

In this way, at the fundamental level, our world is not entirely physical. The material Universe is constructed out of infinitesimal bubbles of virtual particles (transient quantum fluctuations of spacetime) which Wheeler named quantum foam. This deep layer of existence is governed by the uncertainty principle. Under this principle, all forms of matter/energy exist simultaneously (superposition) until observed. Our participation summons the world into existence. The observer-participancy creates the information upon which our Universe is based.

Wheeler, however, took this a giant step further. He proposed, and it was later proved, that if the observer delayed the choice to measure for a wave or particle until after the smoky dragon passed through the device – the result was the same. The act of measurement in the future determined the result in the past. This, in effect, demonstrated that the observer had created the past. The choice made after-the-fact summoned the past after it had theoretically occurred.

In a sense, the observable Universe requires our observations to bring it into being. When asked the age old riddle – which came first the chicken or the egg? We can answer both.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.Albert Einstein

The Tao of Now

Your hand can seize today, but not tomorrow; and thoughts of your tomorrow are nothing but desire. Don’t waste this breath, if your heart isn’t crazy, since “the rest of your life” won’t last forever. Omar Khayyám

This moment will never come again because it never disappears. We live in an ever-unfolding present. With each breath and beat of our hearts, we float atop the flowing currents of here and now. I was looking back at my life recently with some measure of bittersweet melancholy. I longed to sit down beside my three darling children when they were in grade school. Tears welled-up in my eyes as I desperately tried to reach back in time. I would have given anything to be by their side again; brush their angel fine hair; cook their favorite foods; play games together; read bedtime stories and kiss them goodnight. So much life – both beautiful and terrible – has flowed under so many bridges since then. But, gratefully, I slowly came to realize – those days are still here/now, glowing brightly in my heart’s memory vault.

{Who-What-When-Where-Why we were /are/ will be} – all merge in the golden ephemeral vessel of Now. But each iteration of this moment is not predestined. Only death turns life into fate. The Tao of Now manifests in the tens of thousands of choices we make. Fortunes foretold can be changed if one releases the selfish wants that weigh down the spirit. There is beauty all around if one’s eyes are truly open to the wonders of now. The true reality – that without delusions – glows like an eternal beacon. By stepping into that positive light, one can rediscover the joys of treasured memories once again and heal the wounds of loss. Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.Albert Camus

But letting go of raw self-interest and self-indulgence is difficult for far too many people. They instead live with a limited view of life constantly projecting forward into a future of satiated self-satisfaction. Glorifying greed is not good. When is enough enough? Such an unbalanced life will eventually swing the opposite way. This is the nature of the Tao of now. Gulping, guzzling greed can never be satisfied. And so in the end, their own emptiness consumes the selfish. Surrounded by a pile of one-time treasures, the egotistical lost souls find only shadows and emptiness.

The present moment is overflowing with opportunity for the generous of heart. The chance for success increases when greed decreases. The Tao of Now responds to the sincere of heart. One opens doors to more favorable circumstances not by force but by accepting what is real. Do not yield to self-involved temptations. One must allow the twin forces of yin/yang to find equilibrium. In this way the past and future are balanced on the fulcrum of the Now. Don’t go in and hide; don’t come out and shine; stand stock-still in the middle. – Zhuangzi

We all must become more generous to the here and now. The real world passes by unnoticed if one is forever clutching onto the missing parts of the past and grabbing at the shiny bits of the future. Relish this moment and the next, Know that the spirits of those you love and who love sing and dance upon the light of your spirit. Savor the Tao of Now.