A Poem for All

Ilchi Lee wrote this poem this year. These words came to him while he was meditating. It’s stuck with me for months. I feel boundless hope and energy when I hear it or read it. Finally, I’m sharing it with you on this blog because I feel sad keeping it to myself. The non-English words are Korean, and their meanings are below.

“Hongik” by Ilchi Lee

Hongik is a beautiful poem, and humbleness.
Hongik is love, faith and gratitude.
Hongik is a sense of responsibility, patience and forgiveness.
Hongik is a life of health, happiness and peace.
Hongik is planning, design, prayer, and creation,
and it is endlessly rising to the challenge for boundless freedom.
HaewonSangsaeng HongikIngan
JiguGyeongyoung InryuPyeonghwa**

**Haewon: reconciliation
Sangsaeng: coexistence
Hongik: benefiting all
Ingan: human
JiguGyeongyoung: earth management
InryuPyeonghwa: peace of humanity

(Reconciliation and coexistence for the sake of benefitting all humanity.
Practicing Earth Management and peace for humanity.)

How does this poem make you feel?


Why I Love This Blog Post Thumbnail

One of my jobs is to put up blog posts on our various blog sites, such as Ilchi Lee’s Living Tao Blog on Patheos.com. I’ve done this for the last 10 years, so it’s very familiar to me. Sometimes it involves finding and adding a stock image for the post thumbnail. The one I’ve placed in this blog post was one I chose for Ilchi Lee’s Patheos Blog Post: “Start Meditating Today, If You Care about Your Brain”.

The post is about making meditation a regular part of your daily routine. I found this photo for it: a woman doing laundry who is taking time to meditate in the middle of the chaos. I love how it combines neutral colors with bits of blue scattered throughout. It is real but a little surreal as well. The woman’s face looks like it is an animation rather than a real person’s face, and the washing machine window is a blue that would be hard to find on common washing machines. It gives the picture a little punch. The whole look has that Nordic, simple, yet American feeling to it, down to the V-neck heather gray T-shirt and striped pajama pants. I also think the composition and the textures are very balanced and harmonious. The natural light from the window is shining a light on the woman’s mind and on her ordinary life. Yet, her posture is so perfect; she’s obviously not a novice. The washing machine window feels like water, the sunlight is fire, the walls are wood, and there is gray metal. At least four of the five elements in Asian energy theory are present in this photo. Most of all, I feel good when I see it and identify with the person in it.

I really like this picture; I thought it was a great find. But I seem to have been the only person around me that liked it. In fact, I ended up having to change the picture and the name of the post. So, I thought I should explain why I like it.

For something to be good, you shouldn’t need to explain why it’s good, I think. However, taste makers and style makers and label makers seem to explain things in a way that make people get it. It’s like dressing up your house when you need to sell it so that buyers can actually see the possibilities that are there regardless.

So that’s my picture hype 🙂

Brain Run Run

Maybe it’s the caffeine, maybe it’s the emotional junk I ran into inadvertently this morning, but my mind keeps running on about interpersonal things instead of thinking about the Wooden Pillow Exercises book I’m supposed to be editing right now. I should just do Brain Education training and let it all go, but I decided to wait until the next top of the hour and just write for the moment instead.

I don’t really have a point. I know what I’m thinking about is pointless. I just need to move on, but when I try to move on, I encounter my own hurt and anger inside. Maybe I should just deal with that instead. What is it that I’m holding? This would be more productive than focusing on other people; it may even help me focus on my work.

I know what I want to do with the book. I had a member when I worked at the Body & Brain Center in Newton, Massachusetts, which has since closed. He was a young guy, muscular—a former high school wrestler. He LOVED the wooden pillow. He would lie on the ground in the training room and stick it under all different parts of his body, grunting and groaning. He thought it was the best thing ever and wanted to invent hundreds of exercises with it and write a book. I privately dedicate this book to him.

It also makes me sad to think about him, because he was killed a few years later. I think he was 24 when he died. I know he wouldn’t want me to be sad, and that he’s moved on, but I think I like my sadness about it, because it seems romantic and proper. But once I experience it, the emotion passes through me quickly.

Maybe that’s what I should do today. Instead of being afraid of all of these negative emotions, I can just be with them and let them pass through me until I get to the zero point again. As the new thought leaders say, what you resist, persists.

This goes along with the chapter on attachment I’m going through now in I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years Personal Workbook—Chapter 7. The chapter is about inner peace, but emphasizes that in order to have peace, you have to let go of your attachments.

So good-bye emotions . . . until next time. It’s all good 🙂

Throw No Shade

Yesterday, when I saw pictures of people having fun far away from me, I realized that the criticism and judgment I feel, which I’ve now localized to a part of my colon near my left hip, and perhaps my tailbone as well, stems from seeing people that I like, but not feeling as cool as them and not knowing how to speak and interact with them as well as they do among themselves.

As I recognized this, I felt I could let that judgment go more easily. Awareness is so critical to growth.

Here’s to not getting stuck in the “evil meanies.”

Love and light for everyone!

I Love This

I’ve had so much to say, or at least thoughts in my mind, over the last few days. Things that have sounded good; my ego gave them props. However, I didn’t take the time to write them down. I just fed them more movies, books, and music—my steady diet of media that is as habitual as eating bread and coffee for breakfast (or even more so).

As I sit here writing, I found that I enjoy it, however. The act feels soothing, and I feel a world of possibilities opening in my soul. What is this feeling? Can I keep it? Perhaps, if I balance it with other things. I wouldn’t want to get too crazy. Just follow the middle path, they say.

Is my way of doing things and thinking OK? That is the constant question. The question really asks: Am I valuable? At the same time, a drive toward something better and different, more refined, is there, calling me forward. These do not need to be exclusive. In fact, they are complementary.

Lately, I’ve been listening to a Korean (Korean-American) rapper called pH-1. He is groovy and positive. The best part is, he has the word LOVE tattooed over his throat. PERFECT!!! I have half a mind to copy him, but in reality, I don’t like copying people.


pH-1’s Tattoo, a Korean Rapper [Source: @ph1boyyy Twitter]

Here’s a couple of interviews he did that I watched. I really admire his mission of sharing positive messages, because that is my mission as well.

Humility Leads to Boundless Freedom

“Respect the soul of all people, and treat it preciously.
That is the way to make your own soul rare and precious.”

I read these words by Ilchi Lee today, and they really struck me, so I wanted to record them here in this log.

He goes on to talk about humility.

“The first step in practicing Hongik is humbleness.
Every time your ego is activated by habit, practice humbleness
and exercise deference and humbleness . . .
Be humble before your compatriots.
Humble yourself, and respect, praise, and love the people around you.
If you have made the choice to be humble, your actions will be different.
With humbleness, your ego is melted away . . .”

“Hongik is planning, design, prayer, and creation,
and it is endlessly rising to the challenge for boundless freedom.”

What is “boundless freedom”?

Boundless freedom means not being tied to anything—not your preconceptions nor your ego nor your past nor your family. Not even to your organization or country. Boundless freedom means being natural. If you follow your soul, naturally you will express humility, loyalty, creativity, trust, and especially, Hongik, and you will do it in a way that is for the highest good of all. It means that there isn’t anything you can’t do (if you apply enough focused energy).

If humility leads to egoless-ness, then ultimately it leads to boundless freedom.

Today’s Pineal Gland Awakenings

Body & Brain instructors around the world started doing special pineal gland meditation this week to strengthen the clarity, brightness, and activity of our pineal glands.

[I stole this image from ChangeYourEnergy.com’s Pineal Gland course because I’ve always really liked it.]

The awakenings I had during the training were:

  1. I’ve deliberately held onto anger and fear lately because I didn’t trust that if I let go, I could achieve specific goals. I knew I could feel good and have happy happy joy joy, but I didn’t think that would lead to something in particular. Lately my first and second chakra energy were growing, and I tried to direct them toward goals, but sometimes it just translated into reacting to my environment, and not always positively. It felt better than trying to hold that energy back though, because at least it was circulating instead of being stuck. Today I was reassuring that I can let it all go. Just trust. It’s ok.
  2. This other awakening is related to that. I realized that I came into this life to be here for the Earth. That’s it. Everything else is extra, a game even. I need to be true to my soul and hold that energy for the Earth and be here for it. So if all these other things don’t happen, it’s ok. No worries. This also fits with a recent transcript of one of Ilchi Lee’s speeches that I read. It said something along the lines of: if you know the Tao, if you can live and eat and breath, what more do you need?
  3. I also asked what do I need to do to gather people for all of the different jobs that I have. I need to gather people to book clubs and social media contests and worksite wellness programs, etc. But I often just gather people in ones and twos. The response I got was to be love. Not love them. Not bring them to me. Be love with a capital “L,” the love we all are. People will feel that, and they will be able to find it themselves. My focus has always been to help people find it within themselves, although I haven’t accomplished that very well and sometimes I get stuck in my emotions and ego. This reminded me of the Finding True Self workshop took years ago with Body & Brain Yoga and of what the leader of that workshop reminded me of years later. In answer to the questions, “Who am I?” and “What do I want?” I heard “Love.” So, the leader said, just be and create love, all the time, in everything you do. Then you will be yourself and answer your soul’s desires. I’ve gotten this answer in many different ways at different times. Even in the midst of my anger, I would remember it, but lately I couldn’t let go of my emotions that were inhibiting love. I chose those emotions instead. With the help of this pineal glad meditation, just by practicing every day, I hope I have the strength to make better choice—to be who I am.

So far, it’s been easier to remember these things today, but to keep it up, I have to be mindful of myself every moment. It’s a good practice.

To be continued . . .