Moon: Waxing crescent at 25 %
Current conditions Wed., April 29, 7:17 am. Light snow, freezing fog and 28 F. Winds from NW about 9+ MPH. Humidity 88%, windchill 15-19 F.
We have about 8-10 inches of new snow at the house, with more snow forecast through tomorrow. Then it is supposed to warm up again.
Currently, there is a Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
455 AM MDT WED APR 29 2009
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LEWIS AND CLARK-JEFFERSON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HELENA...LINCOLN...BOULDER...WHITEH
455 AM MDT WED APR 29 2009
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT THURSDAY
FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA.
PERIODS OF SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL CONTINUE TO FALL OVER
PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA THROUGH TODAY...THEN IT
WILL DECREASE TONIGHT. BY THURSDAY MORNING...AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 5
INCHES OF SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED IN THE VALLEYS...WHILE AN
ADDITIONAL 5 TO 9 INCHES IS EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS.
THIS SNOWFALL...COMBINED WITH NORTH WINDS GUSTING TO 25 MPH AT
TIMES THROUGH FAVORED VALLEYS...WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO LESS
THAN ONE MILE.
THIS WET AND HEAVY SNOW WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO CAUSE WIDESPREAD
AND SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS TO LIVESTOCK...TRAVEL...POWER
TRANSMISSION...AND ALL OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS
SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.
SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL
DANGEROUS. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE...WHICH WILL CAUSE
REDUCED VISIBILITIES. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST
TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR
VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
FOR SPECIFIC ROAD AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN MONTANA...DIAL 5 1 1.
This gives me a chance to catch up on some book reviews. One of the books I am reviewing right now is this one: Seeking the Spirit of the Book of Change: 8 Days to Mastering a Shamanic Yijing (I Ching) Prediction System, by Master Zhongxian Wu. It is structured around an 8-day program of guided imagery, Chinese taoist arts and practices (such as Pinming Lundao, "savor tea and discuss the Dao", and calligraphy) and an introduction to Taiji Qigong. Thus one learns an integrated foundation for Yijing (I Ching) through an 8-day experience that corresponds to movement through the Bagua hexagram and its 8 trigrams, the Three Powers (Heaven/Spirit(Shen) + Human/Breath(Qi) + Earth/Essence(Jing)). I did the first day yesterday, and look forward to this minicourse, as yesterday was quite enjoyable and enlightening. The Art of Tea does prepare one better to Pin (savor) the Dao.
I haven't read much Taoism/Daoism, but am intrigued to learn more about its approach to nature spirituality. I am much more interested in those world religions that focus on taking our proper place in Nature, such as animism, Native American traditions, Shinto, Taoism, shamanism, etc. than those that primarily focus on the human dimension, scripture and salvation, and seeing nature as a backdrop or adjunct/way-station, such as Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism...something to escape.
I will now push myself away from the computer and prepare for my second day of Savoring the Dao.