Welcome to The Path of Water

This site is dedicated to exploring the Tao and Philosophical Taoism; and how it relates to everyday modern life in the 21st Century. It also includes posts relating to how I feel Taoism can provide insights for dealing with the problems of everyday living.

The process of writing out my thoughts helps me to explore what I believe and why, so these posts will probably develop over time. I hope that you'll find this site interesting and, for those of you new to the Tao and Taoism, I hope that it can provide you with a first step on the path to a rich spiritual life. If you want to post comments relating to a post or the site as a whole I'd be grateful as all feedback is helpful.

Enjoy your visit - In Tao - Woody

Who would follow the Way must go beyond words.
Who would know the world must go beyond names. *

No man ever steps in the same river twice,
for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. **

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Taoism and dedication

I've been feeling for a while that this blog has been lacking in direction. I originally set it up as a place to explore Taoism and 21st century life but I don't feel that so far I've achieved what I set out to do. Now, it's in the nature of Taoism that often the journey is a winding one and such has been the case with this blog, but I think I'm finally reaching a point where I know where I want to take this site.

One of the things I think that is needed with any blog is a sense of continuity and freshness. While posts written just for the sake of writing something are rarely enjoyable for either writer or reader, a reasonable frequency of posting is important to keep the blog alive. As a Taoist this can be further complicated because I believe you should only really write when the 'muse' takes you and the words flow freely (wu wei again!) such as I'm feeling today.

In the light of these views I intend to push the direction of this blog back towards discussing how Taoism relates to 21st century issues and what to can teach us about living in this time. Now all I've got to do is wait until the first subject inspires me!!!!


The Rambling Taoist said...

That sounds absolutely grand! I look forward to traveling with you in this new direction.

Woody said...

Hmmm! Only problem is now I've got to think about something interesting to write about :-)

The Rambling Taoist said...

It's something ALL bloggers face from time to time -- What can I write about today? As Taoists, we both know that if we think about it too much, few ideas will flow. :D

Often, when no inspiration seems to be stirring within me, I read the newspaper or flip on the TV and, all of a sudden, it goes from feeling there is nothing to write about to trying to choose amongst a multitude of topics.

Rocky said...

One very important 21st century topic I would love to see is your Taoist perspective on is man's the damage to the biosphere.

This is an area that used to cause me tremendous distress. However, Taoist philosophy has helped me come to grips with it. Don't get me wrong, it still distresses me, but I have learned to focus on my actions and trust the wisdom of the Tao.

The Crow said...

Being shot used to cause me tremendous distress, too, Rocky.
Now I find the bullet hole to be a handy place in which to carry a pen when wearing those silly pocket-less t'ai-chi pants.

The wonder of taoism.