The Symbols of My Life … Yi

Posted by RichD | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-04-2011


I-Ching Hexagram 27 … Yi

This hexagram is a picture of an open mouth; above and below are the firm lines of the lips, and between them the opening. Starting with the mouth, through which we take food for nourishment, the thought leads to nourishment itself. Nourishment of oneself, specifically of the body, is represented in the three lower lines, while the three upper lines represent nourishment and care of others, in a higher, spiritual sense.


Perseverance brings good fortune.
Pay heed to the providing of nourishment
And to what a man seeks
To fill his own mouth with.


Over a lifetime of strange studies and historical intrests I have become interested in various symbols and the ideas behind them.  Sometimes a symbol, properly understood, can relate an enormous amount of information, emotion and motivation.  There are several of these symbols that I try to keep around me as signposts and reminders.

Yi is a particularly important symbol.  I am very interested in fitness and nutrition, and even cooking.  On the surface it pretty obvious why I am attracted to this symbol.  Its about nutrition and nourishment.  True!  The meaning of Yi can be taken much deeper than this, however.  If you go below the surface of food/nutrition and look at it as life/nutrition, you get a very powerful idea.  Just like the old saying, “you are what you eat”, whatever you bring into your life becomes your life.  Just as picking the very best ingredients for a recipe can make all the difference in the finished dish , think of selecting only the most vital and nutritious thoughts, people, ideas and activities to make up your life.  Filling your life with too much “junk food” (pointless tv shows, poisonous people, etc.)  is as bad as a strict diet of Big Macs and Twinkies.

So start feeding your life what it needs.  Make it grow into the life you always wanted.

The Junque Journal

Posted by RichD | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04-04-2011


Or….How My Niece FINALLY Started Keeping a Journal!

For years I have been trying to get my two nieces to start keeping a journal or diary or notebook or ANYTHING. I have one niece, Kate, that likes to read diarys and books that are written as diaries but never keeps one herself. The older niece, Nicole, has made several attempts (mainly to make me happy) to keep a diary, as sketch book, even dream journals, but never seemed to have any luck.

Then, as I was looking through the web on my own quest to see how other people are journaling I came across something that the creator calls a “Junque Journal” on YouTube. I loved it! It’s a totally creative, no pressure way to compile a “journal” of all the bits of your life that some how fall through the cracks.

Here is the video from YouTube:

I immediately introduced Nicole to the process and we spent a Saturday afternoon preparing the composition book and pages for the journal. We painted, inked, tore, glittered, taped, tied ribbons, stapled and anything else we could think of to use up old crafting supplies. The trick is to have the pages ready so you can just shove stuff in when you get the urge.

I have to admit, I didn’t really think it would go much further. We often have these art sessions, then, like your refrigerator, the light goes out when the door closes. Rarely, if ever, does the creative process stick with the when they leave my house. This time, however, I was to be amazed! Nicole took to her Junque Journal like I’ve never seen her do before with any of our projects. I was at my brother’s house one day and she plopped that big, beautiful, chunky, clunky, overstuffed, wonderful book down on the table. I was speechless. Check it out for yourself. I made her let e take a couple of pictures of it.

Truth be known, she far out stripped me on this project. I have yet to add a single thing to my junque journal. Her advise…don’t even think about it. Just shove stuff in it. No rhyme or reason or themes. Just put stuff in. It becomes it’s own, organic, living thing with no help from you. All you have to do is feed the thing.

Go ahead and give it a try. I’ve never found a journaling technique that is as wild and free as this Junque Journal!