Sunday, November 25, 2007

y is for yin/yang

The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang.
Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), master Japanese martial artist, founder of aikido

more from morihei
The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter - it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.

picture: rosie & bubba (1991-2005) ~ yin/yang cats

10 comments:

jude said...

oh this is perfect!

Colette Amelia said...

yes indeed perfect photo...hoe did you get them to pose? but of course you didn't! and perfect quotes!

marxsny said...

Killing and destroying are easy. Building and nurturing requires dedication and commitment and can be difficult and complicated. More often than not humans are only interested in the "easy".

Gary said...

Oh, boy! Mark too the words right out of my mouth. I guess I'll go with "Great Photo!"

Gary said...

oops, that's took the words...see what happens when I attempt being a smart ass.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Beautiful picture and such wise words - as always :-)

Reya Mellicker said...

How is it that cats know exactly how to position themselves in order to be completely photogenic? Lovely shot!

Happy Monday!

Reya Mellicker said...

Killing and destroying are easy?

Don't know about you guys, but I can't even easily kill a mosquito. I've never killed anything bigger than a cockroach in all my 54 years. The mere idea freaks me out. Building and nurturing come much more easily to me, not that I can always be nurturing, I should say.

Also I disagree that humans by and large prefer what's "easy." If that were true, I think this world would be a much less complicated place - it would be easy, right?

jenclair said...

Love the quotes, and I can't believe your cats decided to help you out on the "y" post!

kimy said...

the pose was aide no doubt by the fact that the cat bed was a circle and a light and dark (and boy and girl cat) cuddled up next too each other.

reya I'm with you, I don't consider killing and destroying easy - but the concept "easy" is complicated - as with beauty, it may be in the eye of the beholder.

thanks everyone for your comments. I really miss my orange cat bubba who crossed over the rainbow bridge two years ago. fortunately I have lots of wonderful memories of him and lots of wonderful photos! I miss having an orange cat in the family (I've never had an orange cat that wasn't a complete love bug) but f has successfully convinced me that 5 cats (not to mention a few other critters) is enough (well at least for now)- we are still city mice after all!