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  • Digging Your Own Well: Daoism as a Practical Philosophy on March 13, 2017

    I have loved the Dao De Jing for decades and spent the last several years in an in depth contemplation of the original Chinese. I also practice martial arts, especially the internal arts. So when I heard about this book, I was immediately intrigued...and was not disappointed after reading it. The book is a bit like the Dao De Jing itself--inviting access at many levels and from many entrance points. Cloudwalking Owl blends his own background in philosophy with historical context and original sources, to produce the practical application of the Dao's principles in the modern world we live in. At first I was puzzled by the many offerings of original source material without a lot of explanation, but then I realized that the author is doing exactly what he preaches. Instead of telling the reader what to think, his stories and quoted materials invite the reader to explore her own thoughts and reactions. In other words, the author invites "process," a concept contrary to how many of us view the world, but which is the very heart of the Dao. This is a short book, but don't read it fast. You will want to have time to think about what you are reading. And with the tools you find therein, you will enjoy "digging your own well."