The elaborator

That, I think, is the power of ceremony: it marries the mundane to the sacred. The water turn to wine, the coffee to prayer. … What else can you offer the earth, which has everything? What else can you give ut something of yourself. A homemade ceremony … .*
Robin Wall Kimmerer

Improvement is not just about learning habits, I’d also about fine-tuning them.**
James Clear

It is far too easy
to lose sight of how amazing
is the story we are a part of
for a little while.

We can unfamiliarise it by
and gazing towards an object
close by,
Or opening a moment or two
for writing its description,
Or to draw or doodle it
into its moreness.
I know what you’re thinking:
It must be the same with people –
You’re not wrong,
And what now?

*Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass;
**James Clear’s Atomic Habits.

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I couldn’t have learned to teach this without my students who helped me to become convinced about the aliveness of images and the aliveness we feel when we experience them. They can raise the dead hours inside of us that nothing else can reach.*
Lynda Barry

*Lynda Barry’s What It Is.

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The three postgrad students were hoping to find
the mindful journaling session,
But it wasn’t happening where the
freshers app said,
So we created our own session,
And this phrase,
Hope fights for me,
Was what it came to me
out of the mindful doodling we included.
Hope isn’t waiting for something to happen,
Or not;
It’s actively working towards
an anticipated future possibility.

What do you read there?*

In life one cannot awaken often enough the sense of a beginning within oneself. There is so little external change needed for that since we actually transform the world from within our hearts. If the heart longs for nothing but to be new and unlimited, the world is instantly the same as on the day of its creation and infinite.**
Rainer Maria Rilke

It’s simple logic: if you don’t walk your true path, you don’t find your true people.^
Martha Beck

I love recommending books
(And I have some books to give away
as a thank you to those who have signed up to
Thin|Silence –
More information below).
The trouble is that I don’t read one book at a time,
And the things I’m appreciating
and taking away from the reading
are the cumulative affect of quite few authors
who are helping me keep on my path.
Indeed the path seems to be
by the next book or books.
I read Austin Kleon’s description of his own
reading methodology:

Looking back, one of the things that occurs to me is how my deep influences are not necessarily a matter of a single book, but of a cluster of books – some batch of books that were read in sequence or simultaneously that spoke to each other in a particular way that made a maximum impact.^^

In my own practice,
I identify a main read –
At the moment it’s Dorie Clark’s The Long Game
And aim to get through twenty pages each day,
Capturing significant quotes in my journaling.
Around this, I hope to turn a page in several other books,
And am often surprised by overlapping or
juxtaposing thoughts.
I add some reading of blogs –
My “blog tribe” is growing
and at the moment I have more than
blogs to slowly make my way through.
A different mix of books and blogs produces different thoughts
that I need because
they help me to change my heart and
keep me on my

(I’ve had to make space for my latest books
so I am giving away around
20 books.
The titles will appear in my blog posts over the next week,
Including how to request one
or a cluster.)

*Jesus asking a question of a religious lawyer: Luke 10:25-28;
**Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters on Life;
^Martha Becks’s The Way of Integrity;
^^Austin Kleon’s blog: A cluster map of books.