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“And that is just the point... how the world, moist and beautiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. 'Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?" ―Mary Oliver

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  • Rhys Logan, "Starry Sky, Washington" September 18, 2010 courtesy of National Geographic.

    Currents

    Walking down Cecil Street on my way to work this morning, my mind is scattered like old newspapers in the September wind. Still asleep, I spill out over the familiar neighborhood, forgetting…

  • Painting by William Segal, "Self Portrait in a Yellow Hat"

    A Double Life

    I will be spending this Saturday in a workshop at a local Zendo, so it seems appropriate to blog something else about William Segal, a student of Gurdjieff, and later D.T. Suzuki. …

  • Nara Toshodaiji, Priest Ganjin, Hollow dry-lacquer, Nara period, 8th century

    Desire As Action

    In the autumn of 742, an emissary invited Jianzhen to travel to Japan to give lectures on Buddhism. Despite protests from his disciples, Jianzhen made preparations for his first voyage. The crossing…

  • Agnes Martin, "This Rain," 1960 Oil on canvas, 70 x 70 inches from Zwirner and Wirth

    Parable of the Equal Hearts

    Once there were two lovers that had equal hearts. One would pursue one, the other would pursue the other. Then the angels looked down and said: “What a waste,” and made them…

  • Erwin Blumfield: "Line on face," 1947-1949

    In the Marketplace

    In Peter Brook’s epic adaptation of Gurdjieff’s autobiography, Meetings with Remarkable Men, Father Giovanni advises the young Gurdjieff: “Listen, you have now found the conditions in which the desire of your heart…

  • Rex Dupain, "Big Breaker," 1954

    Newfoundland Meditation

    It is a soft and grey Sunday afternoon. The cars creep slowly over the bridge in Biscay Bay, Newfoundland. A sea concerto rumbles and rolls into itself as the white ramshackle houses…

  • 18th century Indian miniature. Artist unknown.

    “In the Green Morning, Now, Once More”

    In the green morning, before Love was destiny, The sun was king, And God was famous. The merry, the musical, The jolly, the magical, The feast, the feast of feasts, the festival…

  • E. O. Hoppe, "Close-up of woman's graceful hands" 1925 from The Life Photo Archive)

    Relaxation

    “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”— Rumi I have been intrigued by the…

  • One Hundred and Eighty Degrees, by Federico Moramarco

    Have you considered the possibility that everything you believe is wrong, not merely off a bit, but totally wrong, nothing like things as they really are? If you’ve done this, you know…

  • Lawren Harris, entitled, "Snow II", from 1915.

    The Snowfall is So Silent, by Miguel de Unamuno

    The snowfall is so silent, | so slow, | bit by bit, with delicacy | it settles down on the earth | and covers over the fields. […]