December 16, 2016

The Peaceful Warrior

I constantly practice my warrior gaze, but have a way to go.
It should say, "Mess with Mother Nature, and you mess with me".

I think I have more of a forest elf thing going on, but that is alright, too.
The bright colours are so I don't get shot while out in the woods during hunting season.

Peaceful warriors have the patience to wait
until the mire settles and the waters clear.
They remain unmoving until the right time,
so the right action arises by itself.
They do not seek fulfillment, but wait with open arms
to welcome all things.
Ready to use all situations, wasting nothing,
they embody the Light.

Peaceful warriors have three great treasures:
simplicity, patience, and compassion.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
they return to the source of Being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
they live in harmony with the way things are.
Compassionate towards themselves,
they make peace with the world.

Some may call this teaching nonsense;
others may call it lofty and impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And for those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has deep roots.

- Adapted from a poem by Lao-tzu


  1. Nice adaptation of the Tao, Gregg. We could do with more forest elves too!


  2. Anonymous12/16/2016

    I'm glad you are practicing forest safety! ;)
    These words really resonate with me and are just what I needed today. Thank you.
    And happy Solstice & various holidays to you and Linda!
    Erin in TX

  3. Anonymous12/16/2016

    I will copy this to read and reread as needed.

    Happy Solstice to Gregg and Linda and all of the NBA readers.

  4. Anonymous12/19/2016

    Thank you Gregg, beautiful words, I agree with every one. And sorry for my lateness in commenting, but I am so so glad to have you back on the blog!
    Clara, Australia


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