How do you think one gets to be a Nobel laureate?

It’s been a while since I last posted about mindfulness. But some of you might remember me having a few gurus: Jon Kabat-Zinn: for his down-to-earth practical approach to emotional life. (“As long as you’re still breathing, there is more right than wrong with you, no matter how ill or how hopeless you may feel.”)…

no. 7

I’m not a systematic person, I never have been – and my guess is: I never will be … I work by chance (some of us call it synchronicity). Finishing book no. 7 on my reading-list first, is therefore definitively in line with my disposition. World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down by…

I am still alive

Some people say: The work of On Kawara is worrying and disturbing because it remembers us the insignificance of our lives. For me On Kawara is disturbing and also extremely beautiful – not because he shows me the insignificance of my life, but rather because he underlines the preciousness of of it all and also because his work is documenting…

two interesting notes on painting and a personal comment

a short follow up on Les Bluets these words on Mitchell Philip Hartigan: Painting is its own justification. Lydia Davis: I became willing to allow aspects of the painting to remain mysterious, and I became willing to allow aspects of other problems to remain unsolved as well, and it was this new tolerance for, and…

to be with what is

Pain is not a punishment; pleasure is not a reward. – Pema Chödrön In response to my last post Harold said: A literal view of the particular kind of equanimity mentioned above leaves it open for the continued destruction of the earth, and thus ourselves. Its an important and interesting objection, and a problem discussed in different…

equanimity

I’m studying mindfulness, that is to say: I’m studying to become more mindful. In theory it’s a piece of cake – – until one suddenly remembers that living is not some kind of theoretical activity, living is praxis; all the time, every day, here & now – –  and then the stupid self-assured piece of…

… in the silences between words

Michelle Aldredge at Gwarlingo has just published a very fine post on Christian McEwan. You can read the post here!  Christian McEwen was born in Britain, and now lives in Northampton, MA. Over the past two decades, she has taught poetry and creative writing at the New School in New York City; Williams College and Smith…

As far as consistency of thought goes, I prefer inconsistency

   some of the quotes in this post are sampled from brain pickings, surf over and have a look! * * * In my opinion every year could & should be a John Cage year, this year actually is. John Cage (1912-1992)  John Cage meets D.T. Suzuki in Japan, 1962 I once asked Aragon, the historian,…