The power of space

Fairy Lake treeYou don’t need a complex system of moving, interacting parts to appreciate the organizing power of space. Consider the geography of a country. You can think of the cities as laid out on a map or you can express their mutual spatial relations with a mileage chart, like those found in paper road maps and atlases—one of those rectangular or triangular grids giving the distances between pairs of cities. What’s interesting is that the chart contains hidden patterns within it, just as jigsaw puzzle pieces look unrelated when you dump them out of the box but show their affinity as you fit them together.

George Musser

Structure and movement

In my understanding, the taijitu shows complementary opposites that create a whole. Unlike Aristotle, who insists that every ‘thing’ is itself and not its opposite, Daoist philosophy perceives every ‘thing’ as composite of opposing principles. Yin represents the structure, the space in which events can unfold, Yang stands for the active component, the time and energy that bring movement to a structure.

Lutz Golbs


The philosophers of India, T. S. Eliot once wrote, “make most of the great European philosophers look like schoolboys.” Roberto Calasso seems to concur. India, he writes in “Ardor,” his latest meditation on ancient Indian philosophy, “begins and ends with something that was to become central in the West only at the beginning of the 20th century.” Classical Indians not only “wanted to think,” Calasso argues; above all, they “wanted to be aware of thinking.”

Pankaj Mishra in The New York Times (via)

Choose life

In Viktor Frankl’s powerful and moving book Man’s Search for Meaning he states that we all have a choice about how we will respond to the events in our lives. He says that between every event and our response is a space. In that space, we show the strength of our character. After I was diagnosed with MS, I resolved to get up every day, go to work, and do my job, however fatigued I was. I determined which things I could still do, rather than focusing on what I couldn’t do. I decided I would do everything in my power to slow my descent. Remember, at that time, my doctors all told me that functions, once gone, were lost forever-that once you hit secondary progressive MS, it is a long, slow, steady, inevitable decline. When I started this journey, I was only hoping to slow the decline. I couldn’t have done what I did-get back out of my wheelchair, not to mention develop the Wahls Protocol and begin teaching it to others-if I hadn’t made that initial decision not to give up but to keep pushing and living and being who I was, apart from my disease. This is what I want for you: to choose life rather than disability, and to choose your own well-being and health over sickness, even if it sounds difficult, even if you don’t want to get out of bed.

Terry Wahls M.D. in The Wahls Protocol

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