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"Flow" and a  Zen Mind (Video)

Posted on May 22nd, 2007 by Photizo : A Livingstone Photizo


The last blog was the greatest response since I've been
blogging here at Zaadz with 2160 hits
in just four days. I wanted to thank Rod, Peter, Cait and Jenni for helping push
the wheel of a universal truth that Now is the only time there ever is or will ever BE.

"Nothing exists except the Here and Now."

In my daily work l manage a group of people and have named the team, "Team Tao". With the symbol of the Tao representing our team as a logo and on meeting agendas I am often asked ...."why?..... And what does that symbol mean?"

I use this universal principal to make the point that there is a "Middle Way" in the ever continuous change or flow of all things.

The essential message of Taoism is...
that life constitutes an organic, interconnected
whole which undergoes constant transformation.

The Tao

Look, it cannot be seen - it is beyond form. Listen, it cannot be heard - it is beyond sound. Grasp, it cannot be held - it is intangible. These three are indefinable, they are one. From above it is not bright; From below it is not dark: Unbroken thread beyond description. It returns to nothingness. Form of the formless, Image of the imageless, It is called indefinable and beyond imagination. Stand before it - there is no beginning. Follow it and there is no end. Stay with the Tao, Move with the present.
Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.

Zen Flow- WuWei

One of the key principles in understanding the Tao is to have an understanding of Wu-Wei or what we might call natural action or non-doing. Over the years I have become more and more impressed with the philosophical writings of Bruce Lee. On Wu-wei as a natural action he says,

"The basic idea of the Tao Te Ching is NATURALISM in the
sense of wu-wei (inaction), which really means taking no unnatural action.
It means spontaneity; that is. "to support all things in their natural stage" and
thus allow them to "transform spontaneously." In this manner Tao "Undertakes
no activity and yet there is nothing left undone."
Go With The Flow

"Empty your mind.
Be formless, shapeless, like water.
You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.
You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle.
You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Now water can flow or it can crash.
Be Water my friend."

Bruce Lee

Follow the flow of nature, without trying. Rather than constantly
trying to fight situations and control them, which is unnatural and
self-defeating, it is better to understand the true nature of the Tao,
behaving completely naturally and in tune with the natural order of things.


The seeker is the found, the found is the seeker
as soon as it is perceived that there is no time.

Wei Wu Wei

It is what it is, and nothing extra need be added for all is as it should be if left to its natural state.
It is our ego and sense of wanting to control and manipulate things for our own benefit and desires that
leads to suffering. This conflict or suffering is an ever present
state of mind when we desire permanence in a universe of motion, or
impermanence. It is this unceasing flow that is the natural order of
all things. By understating the unalterable law of change, we can
cooperate with the natural order to increase our awareness for personal
transformation. The idea here is to "Go with the Flow."

The unpleasantness we experience when in difficulty
is more often than not caused by our own reactions.


Buddha taught this Middle Way when he referred to it as a path that avoided extremes
in sensory self-indulgence or it's opposite of self-mortification.

The Middle Way is summed up in the fourth noble truth - the Noble Eightfold Path -
Right Understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action,
Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.
This is the Buddha's practical and realistic guide to avoiding the two
extremes and treading The Middle Way.

The Four Noble Truths

1. Life means suffering.

2. The origin of suffering is attachment.

3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.

4. The path to the cessation of suffering.

1. Life means suffering.

To live means to suffer, because the human nature is not perfect and neither is the world we live in.
During our lifetime, we inevitably have to endure physical suffering such as pain, sickness, injury,
tiredness, old age, and eventually death; and we have to endure psychological suffering like sadness,
fear, frustration, disappointment, and depression. Although there are different degrees of
suffering and there are also positive experiences in life that we
perceive as the opposite of suffering, such as ease, comfort and
happiness, life in its totality is imperfect and incomplete, because
our world is subject to impermanence. This means we are never able to
keep permanently what we strive for, and just as happy moments pass by,
we ourselves and our loved ones will pass away one day, too.

2. The origin of suffering is attachment.

The origin of suffering is attachment to transient things and the ignorance thereof. Transient things do not only include the physical objects that
surround us, but also ideas, and -in a greater sense- all objects of
our perception. Ignorance is the lack of understanding of how our mind
is attached to impermanent things. The reasons for suffering are
desire, passion, ardour, pursue of wealth and prestige, striving for
fame and popularity, or in short: craving and clinging. Because the
objects of our attachment are transient, their loss is inevitable, thus
suffering will necessarily follow. Objects of attachment also include
the idea of a "self" which is a delusion, because there is no abiding
self. What we call "self" is just an imagined entity, and we are merely
a part of the ceaseless becoming of the universe.

3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.

The cessation of suffering can be attained through nirodha. Nirodha means the unmaking of sensual craving and conceptual attachment. The third
noble truth expresses the idea that suffering can be ended by attaining
dispassion. Nirodha extinguishes all forms of clinging and attachment.
This means that suffering can be overcome through human activity,
simply by removing the cause of suffering. Attaining and perfecting
dispassion is a process of many levels that ultimately results in the
state of Nirvana. Nirvana means freedom from all worries, troubles,
complexes, fabrications and ideas. Nirvana is not comprehensible for
those who have not attained it.

4. The path to the cessation of suffering.

There is a path to the end of suffering - a gradual path of self-improvement, which is described more detailed in the Eightfold Path. It is the
middle way between the two extremes of excessive self-indulgence
(hedonism) and excessive self-mortification (asceticism); and it leads
to the end of the cycle of rebirth. The latter quality discerns it from
other paths which are merely "wandering on the wheel of becoming",
because these do not have a final object. Craving, ignorance,
delusions, and its effects will disappear gradually, as progress is
made on the path.

“Whatever is material shape, past, future, present,
subjective or objective, gross or subtle, mean or
excellent, whether it is far or near — all material
shape should be seen by perfect intuitive wisdom
as it really is: “This is not mine, this I am not, this
is not my self.” Whatever is feeling, whatever is
perception, whatever are habitual tendencies,
whatever is consciousness, past, future, present,
subjective or objective, gross or subtle, mean or
excellent, whether it is far or near — all should
be seen by perfect intuitive wisdom as it really is
“This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.”

Buddha Gautama (born 563 B.C.)

The Zen Mind - An Introduction


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CaitsRaven : _____!

20 minutes later
CaitsRaven said

Flow Like Water …

Who is there who can make muddy waters clear? But if allowed to remain still, it will gradually clear itself?

– Lao-Tse

Michael : catalyst-producer

about 5 hours later
Michael said

ZEN is TAO and NOT ZEN without TAO

is BUDDHA and NOT ZEN without BUDDHA

& BUDDHA are independent & of ZEN

is dependent on TAO & BUDDHA as ONE

Photizo : A Livingstone

about 10 hours later
Photizo said

I just love Michael's way of pulling these together…. Very Cool Michael, kinda like your Alpha index.

And I see Cait is flowing in the clearness of the still water……I'm feeling a Bruce Lee blog coming on… lol

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If
nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose

“To understand this fully, one must transcend from the duality of 'for' and 'against' into one organic unity which is
without distinctions.” Bruce Lee

Right Michael? :)


jenni : hello

about 17 hours later
jenni said

thank you so much for the Bruce Lee video. I is always so good to see him.
Like everything else in my life, I keep putting off, getting on, with not being attached to any particular outcome. I was reading
somewhere that the word Amen means “so be it”. It comforts me sometimes
to say that, well, so be it.

Photizo : A Livingstone

about 22 hours later
Photizo said

Hey Jenni…..sustainabilty is the holy grail of an awakened life. To learn to cast of fears and doubts and lust and greed of our shadow self. To
slay these within means not seeking answers in what we want to see
without, fooling ourselves back into Plato's cave of shadows cast upon
a wall.

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse
than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be”

Marcel Pagnol

so as Marcus Aurelius says,

“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit.
The second is to look things in the face,
and know them for what they really are.”

That takes the courage of a hero on a journey within to accept what is and follow his bliss.

When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there
is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine,
ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern,
you are understanding the routine, the tradition,
the shadow - you are not understanding yourself.

Bruce Lee

* GAiA * : Love...Here&Now

about 24 hours later
* GAiA * said

Hi dear !
DEO , you are a fresh and Inexhaustible fountain ,
When you more offer , more clear and Crystalline you FLOW
The more you flow , the more mysteries are ready to be revealed to us ,
The more we know , the more doors open ,
The more we capable of knowing , knowing is a process
And there is no end to it .
Knowledge is past , Knowing is ALWAYS in the PRESENT
Like a ocean , the EXISTENCE is ETERNAL

* G A i A *

Michael : catalyst-producer

1 day later
Michael said

LISTEN to your heart & IT will resolve the need for NON-ACTION as well as ACTION

” SO BE IT ”

jenni : hello

1 day later
jenni said

I recently read that quote by Marcus Aurellus. I like the part about seeing things, people for what they are. Just like we look at the past
through rose colored glasses, often it is the same with people. We see
what we want to see. I just wanted to share this poem that I wrote some
time ago. It for me,is about again; when I am going to wake up and stop
looking for security, happiness, peace, fullfillment out side of
myself. I know that being in the moment-now is the start.

what is this life this life inside can I know And see and feel that which is in me who is it what is it Does it see me know me Do I
squander Ignore And put aside that which is all that I am when will I
stop this this wasting of tilme stop the thought stop the illusion and
only be that which is in me.

Michael : catalyst-producer

1 day later
Michael said

What is this life this life inside
can I know And see and feel
that which is in me
who is it what is it
Does it see me know me
Do I squander Ignore And put aside
that which is all that I am
when will I stop this
this wasting of time
stop the thought
stop the illusion
and only BE
that which is in me.

TRULY BEAUTIFUL & “SO BE IT” - Bravo and ALL hail to Jenni

jenni : hello

1 day later
jenni said

thank you Michael for writing my poem out like that. thank you and again “so be it”

thank you as well, Photizo for your blog


ROD : Be Still

1 day later
ROD said

“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit.
The second is to look things in the face,
and know them for what they really are.”

Looking things in the face, really looking with venerability and openness, you see yourself, don't you? You KNOW them as you and this may trouble
your spirit at first but it shouldn't. It should STILL you. This
reminds me of something Walter Russell said, “You are always walking into a mirror of yourself.” As Michael knows I've been on Walter Russell
kick lately. It also brings to mind a phrase that popped in my head
one day while timelapse photographing rain clouds over the San Fernando

Dare to look
through your eyes
as GOD gazing
upon GOD.

Now do that as much as you can and it produces FLOW and a ZEN Mind all of which is TAO.

Love One Another…

Keep the blogs coming. Love 'em.

Michael : catalyst-producer

2 days later
Michael said

Let GOD BE GOD within YOU - SO BE IT

Photizo : A Livingstone

3 days later
Photizo said

That is the Question

ROD : Be Still

3 days later
ROD said


They're ONE and the SAME…

…aren't they?

That, too, is the question. LOL!

having fun…!

Michael : catalyst-producer

6 days later
Michael said

Meditation - Contemplation - Deliberation - Reflection - Non-Action - Action
AWAKE and smell the lavender
smell the lavender & AWAKEN



about 1 year later
cHAngeL said

there can always be 5, amendment is possible…

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Comment by Michael Grove on July 3, 2012 at 8:34


" I have the absolute confidence not to be number two, but then I have enough

sense also to realize that there can be no number one."

Bruce Lee



Comment by Michael Grove on July 2, 2015 at 10:31

While many revere Bruce Lee as a master of the martial arts, far

fewer are aware of the deep philosophical underpinnings which served

as a base from which these skills arose. One of the most prominent

factors in Bruce’s development was the influence of Taoist philosophy.

Taoist philosophy was developed in the sixth century BC by Lao Tzu,

credited with writing the classical work, the Tao Te Ching.

The word Tao means “the way,” meaning in deeper terms the way of

balance or the way of nature. The practice of martial arts is reflective in

nature, as the martial artist must examine the issues of self defense vs

offense, and life and death, while realizing the ultimate goal is deep

introspection into the nature of the self.

Comment by Michael Grove on September 1, 2016 at 18:53

THE THREE LAWS OF MASTERY “Flow is essential to mastery. But flow doesn’t guarantee mastery—because the two concepts operate on different horizons of time. One happens in a moment; the other unfolds over months, years, sometimes decades. You and I each might reach flow tomorrow morning—but neither one of us will achieve mastery overnight. So how can we enlist flow in the quest for something that goes deeper and endures longer? What can we do to move toward mastery, one of the key elements of Type I behavior, in our organizations and our lives? A few behavioral scientists have offered some initial answers to those questions, and their findings suggest that mastery abides by three, somewhat peculiar laws.” – Daniel H. Pink from Drive

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