A moment with the huge Rothko between meetings (at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
“These are times in which a Genious would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. Would Cicero have shone so distinguished an orater, if he had not been roused, kindled and enflamed by the Tyranny of Catiline, Millo, Verres and Mark Anthony. The Habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.”
Abigail Adams, 1780
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart… Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” The old dog and the sea (at Muir Beach)
“We have not been raised to cultivate a sense of Mystery. We may even see the unknown as an insult to our competence, a personal failing. Seen this way, the unknown becomes a challenge to action. But Mystery does not require action; Mystery requires our attention. Mystery requires that we listen and become open. When we meet with the unknown in this way, we can be touched by a wisdom that can transform our lives.”
Rachel Naomi Remen
This place is my soulmate (at Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.School))
Om. (at Portland Japanese Garden)
Hello Portland! First things first: Stumptown coffee. (at Public Domain)
Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
Rainer Maria Rilke
“Once Soma, having returned from her alms round and having eaten her meal, entered the woods to meditate. Deep in the woods, she sat down under a tree.
The tempter Mara, desirous and capable of arousing fear, wavering and dread, and wishing her to interrupt her focused meditation, came to her and said,
“Your intent is difficult, even for the sages; Completion cannot be reached by a woman regardless the wisdom reaped.”
Then Soma thought, “Who is this speaking, human or nonhuman? Surely it is evil Mara desiring to interrupt my focused meditation.”
Knowing that it was Mara, she said,
“What does gender matter with regard to a well-composed mind, which experiences insight in the light of the dharma?”
The evil Mara thought, “Soma knows me,” and sorrowful for the evil, instantly vanished into darkness.”
Photo by Kristian Ekström
I went to Master Yoda with my writing trouble as my thesis instructor is not here. He said:
“Today’s hardship tomorrow’s story becomes. To truly learn, tell your story you must.”
And that’s pretty much what the whole thesis is about.
Try the method for any problem. Think of what Yoda would say if you told him about it. He will help you solve it.
I really never left journalism. I’m writing about the current scene. Writing about the political ecology, religious ecology, the social ecology and the physical ecology of our world. I think you do not separate any one part of this from the others. You don’t separate mind and body and understand the human being.
- Frank Herbert
🌙 Y U SO TINY?
A song that has recently crawled its way near the top of my all time favorites. That’s big – there are giants there.
These words are for you, dear world on my shoulders. (I think they work pretty well as a basis of any relationship.)
I can’t give you all that you need
But I’ll give you all I can feel