A man after my own

A man after my own heart….or liver!
BE DRUNKEN, ALWAYS. That is the point; nothing else matters. If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weigh you down and crush you to the earth, be drunken continually.

Drunken with what? With wine, with poetry or virtue as you please. But be drunken.

And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or on the green grass in a ditch, or in the dreary solitude of your own room, you should awaken and find the drunkenness half or entirely gone, ask of the wind, of the wave, of the star, of the bird, of the clock, of all that flies, of all that sings, of all that speaks, ask what hour it is; and the wind, wave, star, bird, or clock will answer you: “It is the hour to be drunken! Be drunken, if you would not be the martyred slaves of Time; be drunken continually! With wine, with poetry or with virtue, as you please.”

Charles Baudelaire
via visible darkness

Powerful stuff….. Why I am

Powerful stuff…..
Why I am here…

This is why I am here. Through the world, and therefore ultimately through me, the “unmanifested” will be able to know itself. I am here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. Sounds pretty heavy, but it is true. Not that I am any better than the rest, because this rule of the universe applies equally well to everyone. To every living organism. To every single object. Rocks and stones and bones and all kinds of other seemingly dead matter from here to there, all ends of the universe. Each one of us is important in a very special way. Very important. More important than you can ever fathom or conceive.

This is more serious than one may realize and should not be taken lightly. So this is my wise saying for today: “Never, ever, ever take this lightly, ever. Never.”

So here I am again getting all choked up in spiritual stuff again. How come?

from Gibberations

For those who go walking….

For those who go walking….
David Weinberger and Jonathan Peterson have been talking about a sense of place in the internet.

More and more I personally derive a sense of place in the internet through a narrative, a thread, making temporary, contextual sense of a sea of information. This is why, for me, blogging is so powerful. It’s what Iwas getting at in my earlier blog about walking and conversations.

The path which blogging threads through the “flat plains” of the internet is very similar to the “narrative” of a good walk. All good walks have a beginning middle and an end. They weave a story which leads you on, anticipating the next discovery of a view or a natural wonder. They balance periods of struggle with periods of serenity, they can be done alone or with others.

Most importantly they are a path threaded through the wilderness which through shape and perspective can make temporary sense of the landscape.

For those in a hurry

For those in a hurry
The Vietnamese Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh tells a wonderful story about peeling a tangerine which, for me, really sums up our failure to live in the moment.

A man was sitting peeling a tangerine. Firstly he peeled off the bright orange outer skin. The smell of the zest as he broke the skin increased his anticipation of the taste of the tangerine and how it would quench his thirst. After removing the peel he started to strip the strands of inner skin which clung to the segments. He spilt the tangerine in two and then removes one of the segments. All the while his anticipation of the taste was increasing. He then careful cleaned up the first segment and popped it in his mouth. Trouble was he then didn’t taste the segment at all!! His attention had now moved on to peeling the next segment and the anticipation of how that one would taste.

This is how many of us go through life. Not appreciating each moment because we are either anticipating the next one – or indeed regretting the last one.

Spot on…. I love doing

Spot on….
I love doing this. I love writing. I love telling stories. I love the random contact I get from this site. I love hearing stories. I love people reaching out and saying quite simply “yes, like that.” I love tinkering and experimenting with words, and experiences, and code. I love the fact that I’ve been doing this for ages, and I’m not bored of it. I love that it’s not a linklog or a diary or a journal or any of that. It’s just me, my world, a life, unfolding on the page, in all its gloriously weird randomness. I love that some of you love it. I love doing it, and so I’m going to continue.

not.so.soft dot com >> words >> person, not product via synthesis

Humbling I sometimes wonder how

I sometimes wonder how on earth Mark Wood at wood s lot keeps finding such great content from such a diverse range of sources.I occasionally feel guilty for referring to stuff he has found so often but…it’s just so good.

Here’s more….

We investigate the value of spiritual concepts in the context of our evolutionary fitness, and attempt to bring together science and spirit under the common viewpoint of complexity theory. Within such a paradigm, we show spiritual ideas to be perhaps the most valuable and neglected aspects of our education, and give some complexity based criteria for the evaluation of religious systems. The idea of spirituality as a worldly asset permits us to re-evaluate many of the assumptions lying behind traditional science and religion, and allows us to move to a viewpoint integrating both spiritual and scientific processes into the psychology of the mind.

Spirit of Complexity via wood s lot