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From Wikipedia…

When you enlarge your mind and let go of it,
When you relax your [qi ] vital breath and expand it,
When your body is calm and unmoving:
And you can maintain the One and discard the myriad disturbances.
You will see profit and not be enticed by it,
You will see harm and not be frightened by it.
Relaxed and unwound, yet acutely sensitive,
In solitude you delight in your own person.
This is called “revolving the vital breath”:
Your thoughts and deeds seem heavenly.


Remembering wu-wei

I remember talking to KCT a few months after I interviewed him for ‘Not Boxed in,’ Things he had said at the interview really got me thinking. KC did mixed martial arts, so there was that, and I, well, I write the way I write, around here, at Kismuth. Very flowy, I think. In a similar way to doing what you do when you’re boxing or kickboxing, I found out from those conversations, I was moving in the space of wordplays, another kind of ring altogether. But it’s still an art form, a competing-with-yourself struggle, too. All of that made me curious about wanting to know more about mixed martial arts and how you know what to do when you don’t know what’s ahead. So yeah. I asked KC for a Part II and that was what led to more conversation of the variety that me and some of my friends go into from time to time when we talk philosophy, big-picture, and the state of fluid-flux. I just made that up, just now, ‘fluid-flux.’ Like it? I could probably find some kanji for it and make a cool new thing to put into the Urban Dictionary, but I’m not that kind of person who makes entries into wikis unless I made the whole wiki, like S P C protected-post stuff or S P C dropbox papers.

You can imagine my surprise when yet another conversation, this week, up in the cloud, led to the same kinds of feelings I’d gotten after discussing wu-wei and movement and seeing the thing that’s coming using your instinct and practice and not just looking around for cues. It’s complicated, this idea, but I did a search today and found the above. See what you think of the whole Wikipedia entry, on WuWei.