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…

this is the real secret of life –

– to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. Alan Watts You cannot find peace by avoiding life. Virginia Woolf

… 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…

it is a great art to saunter (cont.)

I found this excellent quote at Emily’s: Do not on any account cease to take pleasure in walking: I walk every day to preserve my well-being and walk away from every sickness; I have walked my best thoughts into existence, and I know of no thought so heavy that one cannot walk away from it….

HOKUSAI SAYS (by Roger S. Keyes)

  Hokusai says Look carefully.He says pay attention, notice.He says keep looking, stay curious.He says there is no end to seeing.   He says Look Forward to getting old.He says keep changing,you just get more who you really are.He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourselfas long as it’s interesting.   He says keep doing…

it is a great art to saunter

If I were to describe Olivia Laing’s To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface in one word, I would call it slentrende, which is a Norwegia word for saunting: A verb of unconfirmed origin, saunter means to “walk with a leisurely gait.” As a noun, saunter describes that leisurely gait. Henry David Thoreau once said “it is a great…

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,…

Still room for more…

Its difficult to label a genre, but the literature I’m interested in right now touches upon themes, concepts and fields like: nature writing, biology, ecology, travel writing, solitude, mindfulness & art … visual art – and the art of writing. Ehrlich says: Space has a spiritual equivalent and can heal what is divided and burdensome…