Richard E. Ward

Richard E. Ward is a Sounding Board,Guide, Personal Coach and Consultant. Born in Montreal, Canada Richard lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

65: Ascent

Chill morning, stone steps. The path to the temple is steep. We may stumble at times, But we must always get up again. Spiritual cultivation is a daily activity. No matter how much we achieve one day, we must continue the next. Progress is often so subtle that we may feel the effort futile, and…

64: Unbound

64: Unbound Bird song flies unfettered Over blue sky and green fields. Once you feel Tao run, Give way, give way. What is it like to feel Tao? It is an effortless flowing, a sweeping momentum. It is like bird song soaring and gliding over a vast landscape. You can feel this in your life:…

63: Articulation

Rain dripping from eaves Sounds nature’s poetry. We speak and write to Explain to ourselves. Knowledge of Tao lodges in the same part of the mind as poetry. That is why the ancients expressed themselves in verse: There is the same quick perception. The above is an excerpt from: 365 Tao: Daily Meditations by Deng…

62: Interpretation

All that we experience is subjective. There is no sensation without interpretation. We create the world and ourselves; Only when we stop do we see the truth. The world exists, but we cannot truly be one with it in our normal modes of consciousness . Our minds know the world by constructing conclusions from the…

61: Sorrow

Rain scatters plum petals; Weeping stains the earth. One can only take shelter And wait for clearing. When sorrow comes, its bitterness soaks everything. The sages say that life is illusion, but does that change its poignancy? Let us be sad; it is feeling that makes us human. If we gain enlightenment, understanding all life…

60: Celibacy

In winter, animals do not mate. Preserve your Tao By preserving your essence. We follow the Tao of the universe with great effort, but Tao is within us too. It is not something abstract, not something conceptual. Our personal Tao is our very life force. This energy begins with the physical and extends into the…

59: Source

Wellspring of energy Rises in the body’s core Tap it and be sustained. Channel it, and it will speak. The source of all power is within yourself. Although external circumstances may occasionally hamper you, true movement comes solely from within yourself. The source is latent in everyone, but anyone can learn to tap it. When…

58: Opportunity

A green bird darting in the night. Will you be able to see it? Will you be able to catch it? Cling to Tao like a shadow. Move without a shadow. Times of oppression and adversity cannot last forever. How is the transition made to new and better situations? In the midst of great difficulty,…

57: Predilection

Those who follow Tao do so From their own predilection. There are no promises, Yet the rewards are immeasurable. Of all the spiritual traditions, following Tao is among the least popular. Its adherents are poor and veiled with humility. In comparison, many traditions offer heaven, forgiveness, comfort, ecstasy, belonging, power, and wealth. Tao offers only…