We see the world not as it is, but through a veil of perceptions.** Ken Robinson
There is so much more world out there, There is so much more in you to bring into the world; We must keep the channel open – In this we are poetic learners – As in creative: Poetry … is not to be confused with versification. … It is about learning the rhythm of the earth.^ Not only the earth, Also the rhythm to be found with each other, our god if we hold to one, and to ourselves. To this end, we must bring intention of ritual, as the ancients did, though time has passed, and we must find new ways: You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.^^
Never be limited by the small dreams others have for you.* Bernadette Jiwa
Are you holding yourself to, and judging yourself by, standards of productivity or performance that are impossible to meet? One common symptom of the fantasy of some day achieving total mastery over time is that we set ourselves inherently impossible targets for our use of it – targets that must always be postponed into the future, since they can never be met in the present.** Oliver Burkeman
By dream I mean purpose and meaning, which I hope will be both big and small for you: Big to sustain you for a fulfilling life, Small so that you can give expression of it today and every day. If you have to keep putting it off, then something is probably not right, It may not be your dream. If dreamwhispering can help, let me know.
Merely factual information tends to activate your language processing centres. Stories, by contrast, stimulate much larger areas in our brains, including not just the language centre but also those parts that are responsible for visual and motor processing, as well as our sensory cortex.* Anna Katharina Schaffner
We need myths that will help us identify with all our fellow-beings, not simply with those who belong to our ethnic, national or ideological tribe.** Karen Armstrong
Truth is often deeper than we believe. The truth about you and me will not be revealed in facts and figures alone, but in the stories we create for ourselves and each other, How we use our imagination matters: We use our imagination not to escape from reality but to join it, And this exhilarates us because of the distance between and apprehension of the real.^ Time and again we will discover our deeper truth in our interactions with those who are quite different to us, Not only present truth, but also future truth.
What if our life skills had more value than our worldly possessions. The most content human by far is one who can create a world out of nothing.* Keri Smith
There is another world that exists only because you exist: the world of your own private consciousness, feeling and sensations. Your world is one in which, as the psychologist R. D. Laing put it, there is only one set of footprints.** Ken Robinson
It feels like it came from nowhere, that, somehow, we made it out of nothing, But everything comes from somewhere, from some thing. It’s just that we’ve embraced a part of ourselves we hadn’t previously recognised and/or valued, or put some skills together in a different way, or remembered how we used to do this thing, and put it to action in a new way. May you explore your inner world, and Bring us back something to inspire us into our own, to make something out of all of this: Jimmy Baldwin used to like to talk about is “achieving ourselves,” finding you we are, what we’re for and making that possible for each other.^
What we call imagination is from the first an attribute of the senses themselves; imagination is not a separate mental faculty (as we often assume) but is rather a way the senses themselves have of throwing themselves beyond what is immediately given, in order to make tentative contact with the other side of things that we do not see directly, with the hidden or invisible aspects of the sensible.* David Abram
Victor Meldrew could see it right in front of his eyes, but declared “I don’t believe it!” He didn’t want to see it and, so, wouldn’t believe. When we understand that “to believe” derives from “to love” or “hold dear,” We understand that if we love something, or someone, even though we can’t see something right now, We will keep looking. And that ultimately means we will be seeing more.
Walking on earth is a miracle! We do not have to walk in space or on water to experience a miracle. The real miracle is to be awake in the present moment. Walking on the green earth, we can realise the wonder of being alive.* Thich Nhat Hahn
Maybe we can at least learn to listen again to the world. Who knows into what secrets that may lead us.** Kenneth White
The thing is, Noticing not only leads to gratitude – which is a reward in itself, but also to What may happen that we otherwise would miss. And noticing is something we can learn and develop: Here’s a good place to begin, according to Verlyn Klinkenborg:: Start by learning to recognise what interests you. Most people have been taught that what they notice doesn’t matter, So they never learn how to notice, Not even what interests them.^ We’ll then find ourselves becoming interested in more and more. In alliance with this, it’s good to slow down, To mould a place for rest, apart from our activities, as Michel de Montaigne counsels: We must reserve a back room, [arrière-boutique: “behind the shop”] wholly our own and entirely free, wherein to settle our true liberty, Our principal solitude and retreat.^^
[T]he essential thing “in heaven and earth” is … that there should be a long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.* Frederick Nietzche
It’s the going there, not the getting there that’s most important.** Mary Ruth Broz and Barbara Flynn
A long obedience sounds like no fun at all, but turning up, making the journey, practising the practice is about being in the right places at the right times for the surprises when they come, And the surprises will come. Finding our long obedience is a gift.
I went to the woods to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life … so that when it come time to die, I will not discover I have not lived. Living is so dear.* Henry David Thoreau
Where in your life or your work are you currently pursuing comfort, when what is called for is a little discomfort? … Choose uncomfortable enlargement over comfortable diminishment whenever you can.** Oliver Burkeman
Before doing there is imagining, and before imagining there is listening, and before listening there is stillness. It is perhaps an uncomfortable thought in our busy lives, but it is an ability we can all grow. Why not include one minute of stillness today?
[Henry David Thoreau] reminds us that the cost of a thing “is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.* Anna Katharina Schaffner
Rather than facing our fears, and rather than facing the truth, we avoid them. Rather than creating the life we want, we build the life that allows our problems to exist unresolved. Rather than becoming the person we want to be, we stay the person we are. Rather than adapting our personality to match our goals, we adapt our goals to match our current and limited personality.** Ben Hardy
When we pay attention, When we notice it for what it is, Then we get to bring our imagination to bear: To play with what it can become is a powerful thing.
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