half full….half empty

6/26 this is a draft of some pages I’m “working” on…I’m kind of stuck…this page is up in the “greenhouse” tab….where I sometimes put things I’m working on…no one looks up here…or at least not very often…so it’s a quiet spot

The pages are compiled onto one page…because I got lost among them…
left to right, top row, middle row, bottom row…

they’re separate pages squished onto this one page…for thinking/revising/reflecting and trying to get it…

(click page to enlarge to read more easily)


but maybe I’m trying to go further with that idea….is this where it’s going???

and that comparing thing…one aspect of an object or experience relative to what others might experience…..the continuum….and to learn to let go of even interacting on that level??

So…I’m trying to figure out….well, I’m not sure what I’m trying to figure out…I can’t get back out of the middle of it to “see” it….

What’s the “big” idea (s) I’m trying to get here…the larger context that these fit into?

How to explain the idea of  adjectives/labeling being relative to a continuum, relative to a socially accepted quality, relative to a comparison etc….

How “counterproductive” labeling can be and how to fit it into a context of letting go of those… or of doing that.

How to step outside of that labeling/putting things on a continuum of comparison of other levels of a quality…good enough/not good enough …..better/worse….enough/not enough etc

10 minutes later:
maybe I’m trying to let go of subjective reaction/interaction with objects etc ?

and get to more of a “direct” perception of thing….?…..just the seeing, hearing etc without the like/don’t like, judging , labeling?

And tying in with all of this….it’s all related…

8 Worldly Concerns/Winds

page from a few years ago…tying in with 8 worldly concerns….A day in a life….


Recognizing the progression….
the far right and far left…
where there is an “excessive” degree of wanting or not wanting….
and then the middle areas…
with moderation/appreciation….
and moderation/acceptance
learning to live more calmly in those “mid ranges”

And the 5 Wisdom Families

(deleted these, don’t have author permission to use and don’t get how much ideas can be used/quoted without author permission)

How we “shine”…. the positives etc of each family

how we get stuck….by “family”….where we might trip up

More qualities within each family….from the book..positives

Reflecting about the day…balancing energies…. to use/develop positives from all families

3 Responses to half full….half empty

  1. The second of the poems in the Tao de Ching, I think, grapples with a similar idea:

    When people see some things as beautiful,
    other things become ugly.
    When people see some things as good,
    other things become bad.

    Being and non-being create each other.
    Difficult and easy support each other.
    Long and short define each other.
    High and low depend on each other.
    Before and after follow each other.

    Therefore the Master
    acts without doing anything
    and teaches without saying anything.
    Things arise and she lets them come;
    things disappear and she lets them go.
    She has but doesn’t possess,
    acts but doesn’t expect.
    When her work is done, she forgets it.
    That is why it lasts forever.


  2. Ohhhhhh, thank you sooooo much….that’s it….I had asked Ben about this too and he had a response too….he linked me into this post

    (and I’m thinking that what I’m trying to get is to let go of , or decrease, comparing, labeling with comparative terms/adjectives etc. I talked to my friend Ven. Jampa about this…well, I’ve talked many times about variations on this….so his view (at least what I understand of his view) is to not throw out comparison in an “all or none” fashion… (which of course ties in with this whole line of thought) that we live in a relative world, so comparison is an inevitable part of the language, understanding etc, but to decrease it when negative. )

    thank you again…both Angela and Ben, for helping out with this…Kathy

    from Ben:


    Is this cup I hold here half empty
    Or else, as some would have me think, half full?
    A troubling conundrum, eternally insoluble
    Yet quickly resolved by simply letting go

    Full of confidence, the tortoise
    Challenges his friend the hare to a race
    “Just give me a ten yard start,” he says
    “And you’ll never catch me,” he boasts

    And he’s right, for whenever Hare reaches the spot
    The tortoise has already gone
    Still … When the hare has gone twenty yards
    Where is the tortoise then?

    Imagine a goose in a narrow-necked glass bottle
    How can you get the goose out of the bottle
    Without either of them coming to any harm?
    Easily … There; it’s free

    A puzzle you might find more tricky
    History professors can’t answer it
    Scientists still haven’t solved it
    Which came first: the chicken or the egg?


  3. I’m heading out to Wednesday morning sitting and the redwoods….if clarity or calm mind is enhanced anywhere…the redwoods might be it! (kathy)


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