Friday, January 20, 2012

Day 20

One cannot be mindful without yielding and one cannot yield without being mindful

yield [yeeld]  
verb (used with object)
1) to give forth or produce by a natural process or in return forcultivation: This farm yields enough fruit to meet all our needs.
2) to produce or furnish (payment, profit, or interest): a trust fund that yields ten percent interest annually; That investment will yield a handsome return.
3) to give up, as to superior power or authority: They yielded the fort to the enemy.
4) to give up or surrender (oneself): He yielded himself to temptation.
5) to give up or over; relinquish or resign: to yield the floor to the senator from Ohio.
6) to give as due or required: to yield obedience.
7) to cause; give rise to: The play yielded only one good laugh.
verb (used without object)
8) to give a return, as for labor expended; produce; bear.
9) to surrender or submit, as to superior power: The rebels yielded after a week.
10) to give way to influence, entreaty, argument, or the like:Don't yield to their outrageous demands.
11) to give place or precedence (usually followed by to ): to yield to another; Will the senator from New York yield?
12) to give way to force, pressure, etc., so as to move, bend,collapse, or the like.
13) the act of yielding  or producing.
14) something yielded.
15) the quantity or amount yielded.
16) Chemistry . the quantity of product formed by the interaction of two or more substances, generally expressed as a percentage of the quantity obtained to that theoretically obtainable.
17) the income produced by a financial investment, usually shown as a percentage of cost.
18) a measure of the destructive energy of a nuclear explosion,expressed in kilotons of the amount of TNT that would produce the same destruction.
1)  furnish, supply, render, bear. 3) abandon, abdicate, waive,forgo. Yield, submit, surrender  mean to give way or give up tosomeone or something. To yield  is to concede under some degreeof pressure, but not necessarily to surrender totally: to yield ground to an enemy.  To submit  is to give up more completely to authority, superior force, etc., and to cease opposition, although usually with reluctance: to submit to control.  To surrender  is to give up complete possession of, relinquish, and cease claim to: tosurrender a fortress, one's freedom, rights. 6)  render. 10) give in,comply, bow. 14)  fruit. See crop. 
4)  resist. 

You need to understand how to yield to force if you’re ever going to ‘get’ Tai Chi Chuan as a martial art. The idea of yielding to force is a hard concept to understand in martial arts, because it not only sounds counter intuitive, but it is counter intuitive! 
In terms of yin and yang, if somebody applies force to you, it is yang, and if you respond in kind you are fighting fire with fire.   Tai Chi seeks to balance the yang with some yin – fighting fire with water instead.

Contemplate your relationship with God. In what form or aspect do you know the Sacred Mystery? Can you best relate to God as Mother and Father, or through Buddha or Allah, Mary or Shiva, Tara or Innana, Great Spirit, The light, The nameless and formless One, Shakti or Ishwara, Ram or the Void, Jesus or Jehovah?  Like the facets of a jewel, each aspect of the Divine is a perfect expression of the Whole.  Which aspect are you drawn to?

Lesson 20
I am determined to see

Think on This...
In the material associations, in the material connections, then, do with thy might what thy hand finds to do today. For sufficient unto the day is the good as well as the evil thereof. For as He hath given in thee that thou may be the channel, the representative, the agent--yea, the very representative in flesh of Him, then act in thine inner self, act in thine outward expression, as though thou wert (for thou art!) His child, and are heir to all the glories here, now, of His kingdom. Not in the future, not of the past! For in the eternal now is He active in thee.
Reading 683-2

St. Fabian
Fabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were preparing to elect a new pope. Eusebius, a Church historian, says a dove flew in and settled on the head of Fabian. This sign united the votes of clergy and laity, and he was chosen unanimously.

Yeild, Defer, Allow 
others to go first, get ahead in line, in traffic, through the door today.
Bow, Curtsy, 
say, "after you, you go ahead, be my guest, you first."

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