Saturday, March 20, 2010

Adventures in Consciousness & Creativity

When you ask the Universe for a revelation, be prepared to receive it - maybe even several!

On Monday I attended a talk/workshop that was part of a week-long Festival of Meditation & Spirituality. It was a joint presentation: Adventures in Consciousness and Creativity & the Art of Self-Discovery. After sharing the story of his own journey and spiritual wanderings, the first speaker delved into the subject of consciousness with the assertion that answering the question "Who am I?" is inextricably linked to finding one's purpose, meaning. This gave me pause...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

We Are Family

"What we are trying to suggest is that the solution for a cluttered, frustrated existence is not merely in moving to the country and attempting to practise 'the simple life.' The solution is in an attitude towards human experience which makes simple physical and economic arrangements almost a moral and esthetic necessity. It is the larger purpose in life which gives to its lesser enterprises--the obtaining of food, shelter and clothing--their essential harmony and balance. So often people dream of an ideal life "in community," forgetting that a "community" is not an end in itself, but a frame for higher qualities--the qualities of the mind and the heart. Making a community is not a magic formula for happiness and good; making a community is the result of the happiness and the good which people already possess in principle, and the community, whether of one family or several, is the infinitely variable expression of the excellences of human beings, and not their cause...."

-quoted in Henry Miller's
Big Sur and The Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

This little chunk of words and notions has been roaming around in my head ever since I read it a few days ago. And so I feel an urge to engage and deconstruct..

Monday, March 1, 2010

Spiral to Center

It's been a while. Almost feels like starting over... Hello!

In the midst of work & play at the botanical garden, various wanderings & wonderings, and a recent spell of acute reclusiveness, I've been thinking a lot about transformation and identity. The incessant "Who am I, and who do I want to be?" Of course, this is the appropriate age for such questing and I have plenty of time to figure it all out, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating..