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The Agile Tao

About 2500 years before the Agile Manifesto, Lao Tzu wrote a book on the agile mindset. Join us for a deep dive into that first manifesto.In each episode, we will discuss a poem or two from Peter's book - "The Agile Tao (Lao Tzu Refactored)" - to understand what Lao Tzu had to say about agility, transformation, leadership, and life.About us:Dov Tsal is an agile coach and a self-proclaimed Taoist.Peter Merel is the author of The Agile Tao, a deep-thinker, a translator, and a joy to talk to.And Hey!We are in the top Tao-Related podcasts for 2020!Full list: https://bit.ly/TopTaoPods

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E5: Embracing Change

In this episode, Peter and I talk about change, about embracing it and about resisting it. The poem we read this time is called (unsurprisingly...): 20. Embracing Change (xxiii) Natural forms change without cease. Strong winds don’t last long; Nor heavy rain. As nature’s forms change, so must our own. Accepting change, we lead change Which buoys us on nature’s tide. Anchored to form we succumb to change And the tide drags us under. --- The wonderful music recorded by Guitarist Gilad Hekselman, bassist Petros Klampanis, and drummer Ziv Ravitz can be found here. You can send us any questions to theAgileTaoPodcast@gmal.com You can find the book at LeanPub by pressing the link. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dov-tsal/message

21mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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E4: Cycles

In this episode, Peter and I talk about duality, the cycling of forms into their reverse state. The poem we read is called: 2. Cycle (ii) Beauty fades and love dies Because all forms are cycles. Chaos evolves pattern, Whole breaks apart, Hope breeds fear, Weakness supports strength, Growth feeds decay, After becomes before. As all forms cycle, agility takes no form But harmony with the ebb and flow of forms. It accepts forms without commanding them, Adapts them without controlling them, Releases them without constraining them. --- The wonderful music recorded by Guitarist Gilad Hekselman, bassist Petros Klampanis, and drummer Ziv Ravitz can be found here. You can send us any questions to theAgileTaoPodcast@gmal.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dov-tsal/message

37mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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E3: Make it easy to take it easy.

In this episode, I talk to  Peter Merel, the author of the Agile Tao about war, peace, ecosystems, beaurocracy and harmony. All embodied in the first poem of 'Ecosystem' - the third part of the book. 43. Horses (xlvi/lxiv b) When people live in harmony Horses carry fertilizer through their fields; When people fall from harmony Horses carry soldiers through their streets. There’s no worse loss than losing peace, No worse waste than making war, No worse defeat than defending dirt. To fertilize peace, Make it easy to take it easy. --- The wonderful music recorded by Guitarist Gilad Hekselman, bassist Petros Klampanis and drummer Ziv Ravitz can be found here. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dov-tsal/message

26mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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E11: Ecosystem

What is an ecosystem? what makes it flow, or be blocked?  Today's poem (from the Flow part) examines the source of its benefits and interactions that make (or break) it. 4. Ecosystem (iv/vi/vii/v) Evolving and revolving, Life can’t be cut, knotted, dimmed or stilled; Nor the source of thought Be plumbed by thought. Reflecting and responding, Mind adapts all flesh. Rippling and refracting, None breach its shining surface. Splitting and merging, Nature follows all paths. Ranging beyond reach, None span its winding delta. Pulsing at root and lung, Harmony connects all needs; For what one treats as waste Another thirsts and breathes. - The wonderful music recorded by Guitarist Gilad Hekselman, bassist Petros Klampanis, and drummer Ziv Ravitz can be found here. You can send us any questions to theAgileTaoPodcast@gmal.com And the book can be found at LeanPub by pressing the link. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dov-tsal/message

55mins

9 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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E9: Fear

Where does fear come from? how can it be addressed? And has does all this to do with the Great Law of Peace, the Iroquois tribes, the game of GO or the XSCALE alliance?  Today's poem talks about fear, and our talk covers so much more... 45. Fear (xxxviii/liv a) Disrupt nature and harmony remains. Lose harmony and trust remains. Break trust and justice remains. Corrupt justice and fear remains. Harmony doesn’t inspire fear; But those without it do. It doesn’t serve or compromise itself; But those without it will. As trust serves harmony without compromise, Justice compromises it to serve it, And fear compromises it to serve itself. - You can find out more about the Great Law of Peace here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Law_of_Peace The wonderful music recorded by Guitarist Gilad Hekselman, bassist Petros Klampanis, and drummer Ziv Ravitz can be found here. You can send us any questions to theAgileTaoPodcast@gmal.com And the book can be found at LeanPub by pressing the link. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dov-tsal/message

35mins

18 Jan 2020

Rank #5