Today or 2500 years ago

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




  1. Jt Clough | Big Island Dog on January 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    What do I think creates joy? Oh so many things these days.

    Outrigger paddling on the Ocean, out with a crew all paddling in unison, paddling through waves and powerful waters in a smooth rhythmic fashion bringing the canoe up on top the water in a magical glide.

    Hanging out with my dogs. Taking them for a walk. Taking them for a run. Taking them to swim. Letting them curl up with me while I write and while I sleep.

    Spending my days and nights with the love of my life. Playing and working from our Hawaiian home together.

    Eating whole food.


    I could go on an on. I feel really super grateful. There is so much joy in my life.

    And I dig Byron Katie’s books, though I’m not big on the reference to “god” about everything but that’s her thing not mine!
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  2. Tanja @ Crystal Clarity on January 7, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Do I think we experience the world as it is?

    For me, the answer is a big “no”. In fact, sometimes, my internal jury is still out on whether there’s *actually* an objective world to be experienced as it is, or whether what we experience is some kind of collective creation of a reality that’s experienced differently by every one of us. For the sci-fi fans out there, something like the world of the Matrix, but where we ourselves contribute to creating the world of illusion, rather than there being scary spider-robots jacking their programming into our brains :-S

    To me, what creates joy is the intention – the decision – to experience it in the moment, wherever I am and whatever I’m doing. If I stop and take the moment to actively connect with joy, it’s almost inevitably there, waiting for me. I say “almost” because sometimes there are other things there in the moment that block me from connecting to joy: fear or grief or anger or even just overwhelm. But if I recognise those things are there, accept their right to exist and let myself experience them, they tend to pass… and when my mind is clear again, Joy is always waiting for me 🙂
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  3. Sandra on January 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    What creates joy? The beauty in everyday’s life – if one is able to see it. An immediate and everlasting source of joy is being with my sister and little nieces. If this was my last day I would love to spend it with them.

  4. Sandra on January 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    PS: I love your photos!

  5. Loran Hills on January 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Jt, paddling with a team in the ocean sounds sublime. My dogs are innately joyful so spending time with them gives me joy as well.

    Tanja, I don’t believe there is any such thing as an objective world. The observer affects the observed! Joy does arrive with the intention and sometimes all on its own.

    Thank you, Sandra, for admiring my photos. Having only seen pictures of your sites and her children, I can understand why you love being with them!

  6. Linnette Dooley on January 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I love the idea of Small Stones – and the idea of using them to distill an essence. Thanks for sharing!
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