73 Mayas

fall rose at Lake Junaluska, NC

Tao Te Ching - Lao Tsu - from chapter 16
Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind rest at peace.
The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish and then return to the source.
Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
The way of nature is unchanging.
Knowing constancy is insight...
Being at one with the Tao is eternal.
And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away

The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.

Today, now, this week, this month, lately - not feeling any sentences, paragraphs, themes.

Though a lot has happened. So much has happened. Ten thousand things. Ten thousand.

Starter list of 73:
  1. fall 
  2. shoulder
  3. surgery
  4. yoga 
  5. strength
  6. pain
  7. the blues 
  8. Buddy Guy
  9. fall sounds
  10. windfall
  11. prana
  12. prajna
  13. heart beats
  14. deep red
  15. gold leaf
  16. bagging
  17. baggage
  18. leafing
  19. raw carrots 
  20. sprouted oatmeal cupcakes
  21. earthy
  22. leaving
  23. Bon Iver
  24. winter is coming
  25. daggers
  26. heartbreak
  27. therapy
  28. aging
  29. ashtanga homies
  30. friendship
  31. falling
  32. letting go 
  33. FaceBook
  34. politics
  35. #45
  36. vises
  37. headaches
  38. purple 
  39. Lululemon underwear
  40. raking 
  41. unwanted poplar saplings
  42. granite 
  43. skylight
  44. sun
  45. birthday
  46. stem cells
  47. roses 
  48. long stem 
  49. handstand
  50. balance
  51. equinox
  52. Sharath
  53. Mysore 
  54. idlis
  55. fermented
  56. backbends
  57. shoulder soldier
  58. making peace 
  59. loving
  60. warfare
  61. open hearted
  62. sleep
  63. cat nap
  64. cat eyes
  65. blind mice
  66. running
  67. Tesla
  68. yearning
  69. betrayal
  70. heartsong
  71. bird song
  72. Om mane padme hum
  73. one song

The ten thousand things, the boundless multiplicity of Maya (illusion) is a Chinese expression used to mean the indefinite multitude of all forms and beings in manifest existence. - Internet

Form does not differ from emptiness; emptiness does not differ from form. 
Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself is form. - Heart Sutra

from Rubin Museum, NYC

post script:  I originally intended this blob or blog to be for older Ashtangis to share what was going on with them. That never happened! Better suited for FB in this page —Ashtanga Home Practitioners (#50AY) and I am pleased that Ashtangis 50 and up are now sharing there.
Yoga, art, and everything else have so much blended together in this head/heart, that I've lost track of why I started blogging in the fist place .  -M

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