We can all feel it -- the coming into the major holiday season which will culminate in an eternally hyped up New Years. It's, as oft-noted, very commercial, ironically materialistic and the season sometimes feels like just too much! (If I hear the little drummer boy piped into the supermarket one more time kind of thing)
But there's a lot of fun stuff, -- joyful giving and receiving of gifts, the coming together to eat food that's not good for you, just in general "being merry" on the streets, in friends' homes.
But, well. sigh. deep sigh. sometimes there's a sadness mixed in.
Many of us remember happier times, or feel more sharply, losses that have occurred over the past year. and before. The holidays can be as difficult as they can be merry.
I've drawn from the Taoist philosopher, Lao Tzu, who is one of those thinkers and writers to whom practitioners of the Taoist arts (of which t'ai …