Thomas Merton wrote: "In the interior life there should be moments of relaxation, freedom and 'browsing.' Perhaps the best way to do this is in the midst of nature, but also in literature. Perhaps also a certain amount of art is necessary, and music . . . You also need a good garden, and you need access to the woods, or to the sea . . . The woods and nature should be part of your solitude . . ."
San Ildefonso pueblo, New Mexico
(I ran across this in my browsing through images and I find it calming somehow.)
"Take heart, rejoice! all Ye
who are doubtful and confused.
Unless you turn and become like children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Lao Tzu said:
I alone seem to have nothing. I'm a man
with the mind of an idiot, a pure fool. I'm
dull and stupid. I never know what I'm doing.
John Coltrane said:
I don't know. I'm searching.
Chuang Tzu said:
A sage steers by the bright light of confusion and doubt." David Budbill
Christmas Day canoers
As we approach (with apprehension) 2017, David Budbill's poem seems appropriate:
terrorize the world
which is why
a little poem
a small song
a brief moment
We are having record heat: Christmas Day should be in the 80s (for the second year, a hot Christmas). Meanwhile, a thought for the this holiday season:
"Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours." Hermann Hesse
For everybody up north especially in Missouri and Illinois who had an interesting couple of days--if winter comes, can spring be far behind?
Stillness, O stillness, this damp calm of autumn, this
relinquishing, giving in, gray turning toward winter,
sweet melancholy, welcoming, opening, acceptance,
receiving, this embrace of the quiet and the dark. David Budbill