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Jan 10, 2011


Beth Patterson

I'm a frequent reader, not sure I've ever commented before--but this one, well, couldn't help myself.

My yoga teacher talks about the 'hara' and I have had some curiosity about what that means, but you've deepened that latency!

I will be using this post as part of the collateral material for an upcoming croning ceremony that I'm facilitating. Great stuff here.

As for the resiliency--the topic must be up. Here's a link to a post recently made on my blog (Finding Ground) 'a robust universe includes the botched and the bungled'.

Thanks again--


I really liked both quotes by Durkheim Evelyn...

Karlfried Graf Durkheim states that in Japanese hara means ‘belly’ and refers to a ‘state in which the individual has found his primal centre’

I have had that primal feeling in my body. In my earlier awakening experiences I felt (at times) like a wild animal running and panting through a tropic jungle inside. My instincts were highly sensitized. I could feel a surging of energy in the hara

Exploring into this I experimented with some Taoist practices to move and circulate the energy from my tan tien up my spine, down my front and back to the tan tien.

I have to be careful though, I can deplete my energy forcing the movements or by doing them too long. If I relax and naturally allow it to move I find that I am energized and the primal energy sustains me. I feel great in all ways (physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.) It is a very tricky thing as it can be over done and\or trapped in the head. Nasty headache that.

I have noticed that I am able to do things that I wasn't able to do before and that cultivating this energy has a youthful aspect to it.

I do this most days. Some days though it is best to just leave things as they are. I feel it as the universal creative energy, and it seems (don't know) that it has some significantly positive influence on my life force.

I just read today where Thomas Edison advocating mucking. Given the choice between efficiency and productivity, a mucker will choose experimentation. Mucking relieves decision paralysis and allows muckers to fool around and discover.

Muckers is what he called his researchers. Innovation requires experimentation and freedom. It doesn't reduce costs or maximize margins necessarily, but it does produce new products and new opportunities. There are dead ends and wasted time and it seems there is low tolerance for those things these days. There is a collaborative energy that can be lit like a fire. Isn't that really the purpose of learning? To light a fire rather than fill a bucket. I believe that was Yeats.

I'm with him.

The book: "Made to Stick"

Muck Away Evelyn!

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