#34 Living the Oneness of Things
“Life is wide, limitless, there is no border, no frontier.”
Bruce Lee believed that there were no limitations or borders in life, and this is reflected in his core tenet of JKD (Jeet Kune Do): “Using no way as way, having no limitation as limitation.”
When you encounter boundaries or walls in life, then it’s time to step back and see if there is another way. These blocks mean the way you are going is not working, not that you can’t do it. You have to find another way to go.
The baseline for living in oneness with life is embracing the limitless condition of life. You may face plateaus in life but there are no limits to how much more you can learn, grow, enjoy life, be happy and become conscious. There is always a level up, up and up with no end.
“The oneness of all life is a truth that can be realized only when false notions of a separate self, whose destiny can be considered apart from the whole, are forever annihilated.”
Living in oneness is living in a connected state with your environment, nature, and those around you. The pain a lot of people experience is when they have feelings of isolation or disconnectedness from their environment or other people.
“We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed have no rigid system in you and you will be flexible to change with the ever changing. Open yourself and flow my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond, like an echo.”
The experience of oneness is growth, as well as freedom. It’s the idea of being in the flow.
“A person is not living a conceptually or scientifically defined life. For the essential quality of living life, lies simply in the living. Do not, as when in the midst of enjoying yourself, step out for a moment and examine yourself to see if you are getting the most out of the occasion.”
“The western approach to reality is mostly through theory and theory begins by denying reality. You talk about reality, you go around reality, to catch anything that attracts our sense, intellect and abstract it away from reality.” The western approach is to analyze. In Chinese Taoism: “The world is seen as an inseparable, interrelated field, no part of which can actually be separated from the other. That is, there would be no bright stars without dim stars and without the surrounding darkness no stars at all. There is no conflict between individual man and nature.”
“Life is a living now. Completeness, the now, is absence of the conscious mind striving to divide that which is indivisible. For once the completeness of things is taken apart, it is no longer complete.”
What are some of the things keeping you isolated and separated from others and your environment? Look at your environment, is it a good reflection of you? Are there changes that can be made, is everything flowing nicely? Take a survey of your own activities, behavior, and space because sometimes there are habits that you form that keep you separated and numb. When you are feeling connected, how does that make you feel? How can you expand on that?
(Awesome Asians and Hapas)
This week’s #AAHA shout-out is actually a group because recently at the US Ice Skating Championships Asian Americans dominated taking home gold in three of the four events. Karen Chen won the women’s title, Nathan Chen won the men’s title, and Maia and Alex Shibutani nabbed their second consecutive title in ice dancing. Karen Chen, age 17, had a record breaking program which she choreographed herself and went on to a flawless free-skate. She beat out the favorites, and it was a surprise since last year she placed 8th. She is considered to be one of the big hopes for Olympic Gold. Nathan Chen, also 17, is the youngest men’s champion in 51 years. He is the first skater to land five quads in a single performance. He is also America’s hope for the Olympics. Maia and Alex Shibutani are a brother and sister ice dancing duo who returned as reigning champs and they held onto their title winning gold again. They are also considered favorites to win gold in the Olympics. You guys are killing it and putting in all the hard work and we can’t wait to see you in the Olympics! We think you’re awesome!
This week our #BruceLeeMoment comes from Geovany C.:
“Hey I would like thank you guys for sharing your time and your knowledge on the podcast, truly is helping me little by little. My name is Geovany, and I’m 19 from the southside of Chicago. I don’t know if you guys know the story in Chicago, but growing up Latino and in a poor neighborhood with no father, misguided which led me to make bad choices. One in which led me to joining a gang. That impacted my life so much, but I’m happy now. Changed my life when I read a book on Taoism, which led me to find a kung fu studio that was across the city. I heard of Bruce Lee before when I studied kung fu, my sifu was such an admirer of Bruce Lee. Then I my own looked into him, and my real question is for Shannon: Is there a kung fu studio in Chicago that you would recommend for the real teachings that are close to your father? I’m looking for a new kung fu studio. May I ask, is there a school in this world close to his teachings, and if there is one, please may your share this location? No matter where it is I will save up to go there. That’s how much I believe it will better myself. I’m looking to really study and change my life into Bruce Lee’s philosophy. I’m just tired of being in a place where I have to watch my back because people want to kill me for my gang past. I’m not saying I want to run away from my problems because I live with the reality, I’m just looking to learn to fully express myself, like Bruce Lee said. Thank you for reading my email and thank you for your time, Geovany”