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Found objects

Silence. 

If we were not so singleminded about keeping our lives moving, and for once could do nothing, Perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never understanding ourselves and of threatening ourselves with death. –Pablo Neruda (as translated by Stephen Mitchell)  Photo taken with my iPhone in the small town of Budgewoi 112 kilometres […]

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Zen

Wild geese. 

In Sung China, two monks friends for sixty years watched the geese pass. Where are they going? one tested the other, who couldn’t say. That moment’s silence continues. No one will study their friendship in the koan-books of insight. No one will remember their names. I think of them sometimes, standing, perplexed by sadness, goose-down […]

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The Prank. 

Being dead sucked a good deal more than I had anticipated. I had a cramp in my leg and my body bag smelled like an old bicycle inner tube.

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Travel

Lesson on the Clyde.

Yes. I think I can make this. Astride a small wooden seat beside the Clyde river, I sat squinting into the weather radar app on my iPhone. Performing a complex mental trajectory plotting of exactly where my own route would be transected by the rather intimidating lava-lamp of red and yellow pixels moving from left […]

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Zen

Note to self. 

“You can’t live a bunny life and write tiger poems” :: Bonnie Myotai Treace ::

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Lake George.

       

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Journal

Don’t be helpful. 

“Don’t be helpful; be available.”–Robert Fripp (King Crimson guitarist and meditation practitioner) Sage advice. So often we are far too busy proffering advice and concocting opinion to just open a space, offer our presence, and gift our ear. When others need our help the trap is to make it all about us.

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Zen

Turning moments. 

I recently came across this eloquent post from John Tarrant a meditation teacher who was born in Tasmania: “The first thing about really having your own creative life is not thinking you know what you are, not thinking what you are already thinking. This comes from making space, from not knowing, from playing. We are […]

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Journal

Dogs on beds. 

Advice well known to all dog owners.
Supposedly it is all about leadership power within the pack. Letting your dog sleep at the same level as you is said to be signaling an equal position in the pack hierarchy