Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Tao Of Metamorphisis

Status: I am still plateauing. Self inflicted. I keep grabbing the lunchmeat at night for a meaty snack. Ew processed salted to death and some are lips and buttholes, right? I need to look to water to fill that night urge gap. I am gaining focus.

The movie Warriors Of Virtue 1997 had a scene in the beginning where the main character, Ryan finds a cocoon in a jar in Chef Ming's apartment above the restaurant he works. Here is the conversation:

Ryan:  What's this?
Chef Ming:   Oh, I found that when I was about your age. It's a cocoon. I was on my way home from school. I saw it lying on the ground just sitting there moving around, something inside. So I got down on my hands and knees and I looked real close and I see this moth struggling to get out, but he couldn't do it. So I reached down and tore open the cocoon. Out he came. Takes of into the air and flies away. Then all of a sudden, down he came to the ground. Dead.
Ryan:  Dead? What happened?
Chef Ming:  I interrupted his journey. We all have cocoons, Ryan. It is the struggle to free ourselves that makes us whole and gives us the strength to fly.

Ming then shows Ryan a book he calls "Tao" (calling it his ancient Chinese recipe) and the story goes on in a nice family movie Fantasy with Ryan on his path/journey (literal meaning of Tao from the Chinese).

So as many spiritual roads lead to like conclusions...Tao has a quote similar to one I like from the Buddhist Dhammapada:

"He who overcomes others is strong, but he who overcomes himself is mighty".

A victory over oneself is a bigger and a better victory than victory over thousands of people in a score of battles. Those who have achieved victory over other people can be defeated in future battles, but those who have achieved victory over themselves become victors forever.
The idea of struggle and victory will be on my mind this week.

To the journey, bloggies! Bloggie love!

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