"Simplify" - (from taoteching.org)
If we could discard knowledge and wisdom
Then people would profit a hundredfold;
If we could discard duty and justice
Then harmonious relationships would form;
If we could discard artifice and profit
Then waste and theft would disappear.

Yet such remedies treat only symptoms
And so they are inadequate.

People need personal remedies:
Reveal your naked self and embrace your original nature;
Bind your self-interest and control your ambition;
Forget your habits and simplify your affairs.
PKO Webmaster
Shu        Ha          Ri
The Chinese character Shou(Shu) is composed of two parts, House and Law. Hence the house of laws. The character means "to abide by; to defend". Shou(abide by) Shi(time) is being punctual, and Shou(abide by) Xin(trust) is being trustworthy.

Po(Ha) is composed of two parts, Stone and a phonetic part. It means "to break".

Li(Ri) is composed of two parts, Bird and a phonetic part. It means "to leave; to depart". Li(to leave) Hun(marriage) is divorce.

In the phase of Shu, the person tries to abide by the rules. She tries to learn all the principles and informations by heart. But she can't abide by all the rules while she is doing the practice. Her body(including her brain) starts to remember them bit by bit through repetitious practices. When the time comes she can internalize and abide by all the rules -- when Shu is achieved, Shu phase is finished and she enters into Ha phase.
In the phase of Ha, she tries to break the (old) rules. She tries to self-reflect on herself and her knowledge, and come up with anti-theses such as exceptions of the rules in the real world. But she can't break all the old rules while she is doing the practice. Her rules start to get more complete(or becomes more like "case-by-case") as the rules encompass exceptions bit by bit. When the time comes she can break all the rules and see the both sides of every rule (maybe substituting with a set of her own rules) -- when Ha is achieved, Ha phase is finished and she enters into Ri phase.
In the phase of Ri, she tries to leave the rules. She tries to get free from all the rules, and get into the state of no distinction, or into a new dimension. But she can't leave all the rules while she is doing the practice. Her body starts to forget them bit by bit through following natural laws and flows (or Tao). When the time comes she can leave all the rules -- when Ri is achieved, Ri phase is finished and she enters into a new dimension of Shu.
At the end of Shu, what she sees is nothing but the rules -- everything looks like the rules. At the end of Ha, what she sees is nothing like the rules. At the end of Ri, she doesn't see but work with her mind.


Funny The Way It Is
by Dave Matthews Band
Lying in the park on a beautiful day
The sunshine in the grass
And my children play
Sirens passing fire engine red
Someone's house is burning down
On a day like this

The evening comes and we're hanging out
On a front step and a car goes by
With the windows rolled down
And that War song is playing
Why Can't We Be Friends
Someone is screaming and crying
In the apartment upstairs

Funny the way it is
If you think about it
Somebody's going hungry
And someone else is eating out
Funny the way it is
Not right or wrong
Somebody's heart is broken
And it becomes your favorite song
The way your mouth feels in your lover's kiss
Like a pretty bird on the breeze
Or water to a fish
The bomb blast brings the building crashing to the floor
Hear the laughter
While the children play war

Funny the way it is
If you think about it
One kid walks ten miles to school
Another's dropping out
Funny the way it is
Not right or wrong
On a soldier's last breath
His babies being born
Standing on a bridge
Watch the water passing underneath
It must have been much harder
When there was no bridge just water
Now the world is small
Compared to how it use to be
With mountains and oceans
And winters and rivers and stars

Watch the sky, the jet plane so far out of my reach
Is there someone up there looking down on me
Boy chase a bird, so close but every time
He'll never catch her, but he can't stop trying
Funny the way it is, if you think about it
One kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out
Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
On a soldier's last breath, his baby's being born
Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
Somebody's broken heart become your favorite song
Funny the way it is, if you think about it
One kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out

Standing on a bridge, watch the water passing underneath
It must have been much harder when there was no bridge, just water
Now the world is small, compared to how it used to be
With mountains and oceans and winters and rivers and stars
A visual interpretation of Funny The Way It Is by Dave Matthews Band. In the midst of putting it together, the election protests were erupting in Iran. While searching for images, I stumbled upon the footage of the police firing on the crowds in the streets of Iran, and the heart-wrenching footage of the teenage girl dying of the gunshot wounds in front of the camera. Apparently this girl ,Neda Agha-Soltan, has since become a symbol for the fight for freedom for the Iranian people who want change. Although it is disturbing to watch, I was extremely moved by this and wanted to use it with this song to show the extreme irony of what's going on there, and compare it to the apathy and complacency that abounds here in our country. The ending shows the very inspiring 2008 Chinese Olympic torch-carrying team taking the torch to the very top of Mount Everest, (the top of the world!), symbolizing the triumph of the human spirit over unimaginable odds.

Funny The Way It Is from Diane Wilson/PKO Webmaster on Vimeo.

Solsbury Hill
by Peter Gabriel

Solsbury Hill: An Interpretation from Diane Wilson/PKO Webmaster on Vimeo.

Getting Some Inspiration from the Movies (still adding to this)
From The Empire Strikes Back... (Luke, about to climb into a hole, representing, unbeknownst to him,  his deepest fears.)
"I won't fail you. I'm not afraid."
Yoda: "You will be. You will be."
(Many words of wisdom in the original trilogy.
This is one of the best.)
From Good Will Hunting...
“Chuckie: Oh, I don't know that. Let me tell you what I do know. Every day I come by to pick you up. And we go out we have a few drinks, and a few laughs and it's great. But you know what the best part of my day is? It's for about ten seconds from when I pull up to the curb to when I get to your door. Because I think maybe I'll get up there and I'll knock on the door and you won't be there. No goodbye, no see you later, no nothin'. Just left. I don't know much, but I know that.”
(One of my all time favorites. I love the relationship between the 4 friends, and especially between Will and Chuckie)
From It's a Wonderful Life...
Harry Bailey: A toast. To my big brother George. The richest man in town.
(I watch it every Christmas. This line always makes me cry.)
From Dead Poet's Society...
Seize the day.
Make your lives extraordinary."

(Love this movie. Very inspiring!)
From Ferris Bueller's Day Off...
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it."
From Napoleon Dynamite...
"Just follow your heart.
That's what I do."
(Such a quotable movie. Funny, refreshing, and uplifting.)
From Return of the Jedi...
Yoda: Luminous beings are we.
Not this crude matter.
(if it means that I am geek because I love Yoda...
then so be it.)


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From Return of the Jedi...
"Your thoughts betray you, father.
I feel the good in you... the conflict."
(The ultimate defining or "turn-around" moment.)
From Moonstruck...
Rose: Do you love him, Loretta?
Loretta Castorini Aw, ma, I love him aweful.
Rose: Oh, God, that's too bad.
(The dialogue between the characters in this movie is so true. It's one of my favorites.)

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Peace comes from within.
Do not seek it without.”

As a mother of one,
about to become
a mother of two,
I asked my friend,
"How could I possibly
divide this profound love
I feel for my first child,
with my new child."
My friend proceeded to educate me by telling me that, "Love does not divide.
It multiplies."
She was so right!

You will not be punished
for your anger,
you will be punished
by your anger.”

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
~Mahatma Gandhi

Forget injuries.
Never forget kindness.

Take away love,
and our earth is a tomb."
--Robert Browning

You Are Listening to: Box of Rain By the Grateful Dead - Words by Robert Hunter - Music by Phil Lesh
Look out of any window
any morning, any evening, any day
Maybe the sun is shining
birds are winging or
rain is falling from a heavy sky -

What do you want me to do,
to do for you to see you through?
For this is all a dream we dreamed
one afternoon long ago
Walk out of any doorway
feel your way, feel your way
like the day before

Maybe you'll find direction
around some corner
where it's been waiting to meet you -'

What do you want me to do,
to watch for you while you're sleeping?
Well please don't be surprised
when you find me dreaming too
Look into any eyes
you find by you, you can see
clear through to another day

I know it's been seen before
through other eyes on other days
while going home --

What do you want me to do,
to do for you to see you through?
It's all a dream we dreamed
one afternoon long ago
Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams
to another land

Maybe you're tired and broken
Your tongue is twisted
with words half spoken
and thoughts unclear

What do you want me to do
to do for you to see you through
A a box of rain will ease the pain
and love will see you through
Just a box of rain -
wind and water -
Believe it if you need it,
if you don't just pass it on

Sun and shower -
Wind and rain -
in and out the window
like a moth before a flame

It's just a box of rain
I don't know who put it there
Believe it if you need it
or leave it if you dare

And it's just a box of rain
or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long long time to be gone
and a short time to be there

Ripple in still water
When there is no
pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow.
~ Hunter/Garcia

The opposite of
a correct statement
is a false statement.
But the opposite of
a profound truth
may well be
another profound truth.
~Niels Bohr

It seems to me,
some fine things
Have been laid upon
your table
But you only want the ones that you can't get.

We used to think
that if we knew one,
we knew two,
because one and one
are two.
We are finding that
we must learn a great deal more about "and."
~Arthur Stanley Eddington

Such a long long time
to be gone
and a short time to be there.
The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems,
takes longer.
~Edward R. Murrow

When the student is ready, the master appears. ~Buddhist Proverb

Before enlightenment - chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment -
chop wood, carry water.
~Zen Buddhist Proverb

Maybe you'll find direction, around some corner,
where it's been waiting
to meet you.
~ Hunter/Lesh

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish
they are after.
~Henry David Thoreau

You never know what is enough, until you know what is more than enough. ~William Blake

What you see,
yet cannot see over,
is as good as infinite.
~Thomas Carlyle
1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three R's:
    Respect for self
    Respect for others and
    Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
Mantra from
the Dalai Lama

Just a short Buddhist outlook on life.
Mahatma Gandhi's
Seven Blunders
of the World
1. Wealth without work

2. Pleasure without conscience

3. Knowledge without character

4. Commerce without morality

5. Science without humanity

6. Worship without sacrifice

7. Politics without principle

Some people would not recognize subtlety if it hit them on the head.
One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
-John W. Gardner

Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have. Spend it wisely.
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
-Marcel Proust

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you hardly catch it going.
-Tennessee Williams

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead to where there is no path and leave a trail.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are no facts, only interpretations.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.  - Eleanor Roosevelt
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.
-Ron Wild

Remember your goal is greater than your struggle.
Don't wait for the last judgment.
It takes place
every day.
-Albert Camus

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

LAO TZU's Tao Te Ching

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin of all particular things.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.
Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding.
The Tao is like a well: used but never used up. It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities.
It is hidden but always present. I don't know who gave birth to it. It is older than God.
The Tao doesn't take sides; it gives birth to both good and evil. The Master doesn't take sides; she welcomes both saints and sinners.
The Tao is like a bellows: it is empty yet infinitely capable. The more you use it, the more it produces; the more you talk of it, the less you understand. Hold on to the center.
The Tao is infinite, eternal. Why is it eternal? It was never born; thus it can never die. Why is it infinite? It has no desires for itself; thus it is present for all beings.
The Master stays behind; that is why she is ahead. She is detached from all things; that is why she is one with them. Because she has let go of herself, she is perfectly fulfilled.
Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear.
What does it mean that success is as dangerous as failure? Whether you go up the ladder or down it, your position is shaky.
When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance.
What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear? Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self. When we don't see the self as self, what do we have to fear?
See the world as your self. Have faith in the way things are. Love the world as your self; then you can care for all things.
Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don't realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you, and when death comes, you are ready. The great Tao flows everywhere

All things are born from it, yet it doesn't create them. It pours itself into its work, yet it makes no claim. It nourishes infinite worlds, yet it doesn't hold on to them. Since it is merged with all things and hidden in their hearts, it can be called humble. Since all things vanish into it and it alone endures, it can be called great.
It isn't aware of its greatness; thus it is truly great.
The Tao gives birth to One.
One gives birth to Two.
Two gives birth to Three.
Three gives birth to all things.
All things have their backs to the female and stand facing the male. When male and female combine, all things achieve harmony.
Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe.
Whoever is planted in the Tao will not be rooted up. Whoever embraces the Tao will not slip away. Her name will be held in honor from generation to generation.
Let the Tao be present in your life and you will become genuine.
Let it be present in your family and your family will flourish. Let it be present in your country and your country will be an example to all countries in the world. Let it be present in the universe and the universe will sing.
How do I know this is true?
By looking inside myself.

If you want to be a great leader, you must learn to follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control. Let go of fixed plans and concepts, and the world will govern itself.
The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons you have, the less secure people will be. The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.
Therefore the Master says: I let go of the law, and people become honest.
I let go of economics, and people become prosperous. I let go of religion and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good, and the good becomes common as grass.
If a country is governed with tolerance, the people are comfortable and honest.
If a country is governed with repression, the people are depressed and crafty.
When the will to power is in charge, the higher the ideals, the lower the results. Try to make people happy, and you lay the groundwork for misery. Try to make people moral, and you lay the groundwork for vice.
Thus the Master is content to serve as an example and not to impose her will. She is pointed, but doesn't pierce. Straightforward, but supple. Radiant, but easy on the eyes.
If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you aren't afraid of dying, there is nothing you can't achieve.
Trying to control the future is like trying to take the master carpenter's place. When you handle the master carpenter's tools, chances are that you'll cut your hand.

Shining Star by Earth, Wind & Fire

When you wish upon a star
Dreams will take you very far, yeah
But when you wish upon a dream
Life ain't always what it seems, oh yeah
What'd you see, on nights so clear
In the sky, so very dear, yeah

You're a shining star
No matter who you are
Shining bright to see
What you could truly be
(What you could truly be)

Shining star come into view
To shine its watchful light on you, yeah
Give you strength to carry on, yeah
Girl, make your body big and strong, yeah

Born a man-child of the sun, yeah
Yeah, saw my work had just begun
Yeah, Found I had to stand alone, yeah
Well bless it now I've got my own, oh yeah

So if you find yourself in need
Why dontcha listen to these words of heed
Be a giant, or grain of sand
Words of wisdom - "Yes, I can"

You're a shining star
No matter who you are
Shining bright to see
What you can truly be

You're a shining star
No matter who you are
Shining bright to see
What you can truly be

You're a shining star
No matter who you are
Shining bright to see
What you can truly be

Shining star, for you to see
What your life can truly be

Shining star, for you to see
What your life can truly be

Shining star, for you to see
What your life can truly be

Songs that have touched me
in one way or another...
"From the Light Side... or The Dark Side"
Dark side
of the moon (force)
The map
is not the territory.
~Alfred Korzybski

The theory
is not the practice.
~ Diane Wilson

No matter where you go
or what you do,
you live your entire life within the confines of your head.
~Terry Josephson

If you chase two rabbits,
you will not catch either one.
~Russian Proverb

Man is the only animal
who enjoys the consolation of believing in a next life;
all other animals
enjoy the consolation
of not worrying about it.
~Robert Brault,

Sometimes the questions
are complicated and the answers are simple.
~Dr. Seuss

Believe it if you need it,
if you don't just pass it on.

Admiration and familiarity are strangers.
~George Sand
Click play button
After all the jacks are in their boxes
And the clowns have all gone to bed
You can hear happiness staggering on down the street
Footsteps dressed in red
And the wind whispers Mary
A broom is drearily sweeping
Up the broken pieces of yesterday's life
Somewhere a queen is weeping
Somewhere a king has no wife
And the wind, it cries Mary
The traffic lights, they turn, uh, blue tomorrow
And shine their emptiness down on my bed
The tiny island sags down stream
cause the life that lived is,
Is dead
And the wind screams Mary
Uh-will the wind ever remember
The names it has blow in the past?
And with this crutch, its old age, and its wisdom
It whispers no, this will be the last
And the wind cries Mary

Excerpt from
"The World As I See It" - An Essay by Albert Einstein

How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...
"I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves -- this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts -- possessions, outward success, luxury -- have always seemed to me contemptible.
"When I was 5 years old,
my mom always told me
that happiness was the key to life.

When I went to school,
they asked me what I wanted to be
when I grew up.

I wrote down, "happy".
They told me I didn't understand
the assignment.

And I told them
they didn't understand life."
Refuse to submit yourself to
a badly dealt hand.
Image by Banksy. Words by Wilson.
God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose.
Take which you please - you can never have both.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth only reveals itself when one gives up all preconceived ideas.

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth,
but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
~Leo Tolstoy

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
~George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska, 1919

The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.
~Attributed to James A. Garfield
See everything;
overlook a great deal;
correct a little.
~Pope John XXIII

You can tell more about a person
by what he says about others
than you can by what others
say about him.
~Leo Aikman

God grant me the serenity to
accept the people I cannot change,
the courage to change the one I can,
and the wisdom to know it's me.
~Author unknown,
variation of an excerpt from
"The Serenity Prayer"
by Reinhold Neibuhr

I think it pisses God off
if you walk by the color purple
in a field somewhere
and don't notice it....
People think pleasing God
is all God care about.
But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.
~Alice Walker, The Color Purple, 1982

Promise only what you can deliver.
Then deliver more than you promise.
~Author Unknown

In the hopes of reaching the moon
men fail to see the flowers
that blossom at their feet.
~Albert Schweitzer

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