This past week I started listening to Byron Katie’s book, A Thousand Names for Joy. Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching is a part of the text. In the audio format, he reads a passage, then Byron Katie interprets each one.
Written 2500 years ago, the wisdom contained in the Tao is still relevant today. I am in awe of the fact that the boundaries of space and time can be crossed like this. Byron Katie deciphers the wisdom of the Tao in the context of what she calls The Work. This book stretches my mind in ways that it has never been stretched before. I don’t know if I agree with everything she says but I am definitely challenged intellectually.
There is a Sanskrit word for illusion – maya. Do you think we experience the world as it “is” or that we merely experience our projection of it? Byron Katie experiences what “is” as Reality and calls that God. It opens her up in rather unusual ways, but her invitation to open our minds and set ourselves free is a good one. Byron Katie says that freedom creates joy. “Where there’s no story, no past or future, nothing to worry about, nothing to do, nowhere to go, no one to be, it’s all good.”
What do you think creates joy?
Being out in nature and walking my dogs and cats with camera in hand gives me joy. So I took a break, went for a walk, took some pictures and wrote a Small Stone.
The days are short
A sunset walk is over by 3:30
The sound of a jet splits the sky
I hear my shoes on the pavement
There is still a story