Every day, priests minutely examine the Law And endlessly chant complicated sutras. Before doing that, though, they should learn How to read the love letters sent by the wind and rain, the snow and moon. ~ Ikkyu (1394–1481, Japanese Zen Buddhist monk, saint and poet)
David Foster Wallace combined his phenomenal intelligence and gift for writing with a high level of self-awareness, and a deep awareness of the brutality and enormity of the world. He had an almost omnipotent ability to understand and communicate about what it means to be human in his iconic books. Like most highly sensitive peopleContinue reading “The Soul of the World: David Foster Wallace”
This is a pep talk for babes with anxiety. Close your eyes and sit with that feeling. Research shows that anxiety takes 20 minutes to pass when approached with mindfulness. This is not going to last forever. Recognize that your anxiety is part of who you are, but not all of who you are. DiscomfortContinue reading “A Pep talk for babes with anxiety”
Action is for the sake of contemplation. The active for the sake of the contemplative To labour is to pray. Work is the discipline (the yoga) by means of which The body holds its noise and leaves the soul free a little. Recreation is for the sake of work. Leisure time is for the sakeContinue reading “Book of Hours: Eric Gill at Terse”
It was the wind that gave them life. It was the wind that comes out of our mouths now that gives us life. When this ceases to blow, we die. In the skin of our fingers we can see the trail of the wind. It shows us where the wind blew when our ancestors wereContinue reading “Book of Hours: Washington Mathews at Lauds”
At night, in my dream, I stoutly climbed the mountain. Going out alone with my staff of holly-wood. A thousand crags, a thousand valleys – In my dream journey none were unexplored And all the while my feet never grew tired And my step was as strong as in my younger days. Can it beContinue reading “Book of Hours: Po Chü-i at Compline”
You must concentrate upon and concentrate yourself wholly to each day. As though fire were raging in your hair. – Deshimaru, Zen Master.
I discovered this beautiful rendering of a classic interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. What a better time to post it than on Christmas Eve. This is a simple message but it’s always relevant, fresh and immediate.
Taken in the San Francisco Bay area over a period of a few years by talented man Simon Christen, these exquisite time lapse films track the earth on its diurnal and nocturnal turnings, normally so ineffable and unknowable because they occur so slowly. It’s a macrocosm and a microcosm of pure thriving, living magic. It’sContinue reading “Living With Sonder: Life Above the Clouds”