“It is clear that we must embrace struggle. Every living thing conforms to it. Everything in nature grows and struggles in its own way, establishing its own identity, insisting on it at all cost, against all resistance. We can be sure of very little, but the need to court struggle is a surety that will not leave us. It is good to be lonely, for being alone is not easy. The fact that...
“the spiritual path is the process of cutting through our confusion, of uncovering the awakened state of mind… it is not a matter of building up the awakened state of mind but rather of burning out the confusions that obstruct it. in the process of burning out these confusions, we discover enlightenment.” ~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Bryant Park at dusk
Floodlights have flared on behind and above Where I sit in my public chair. The lawn that had gradually darkened has brightened. The library windows stare. I’m alone in a crowd—e pluribus plures. Far from a family I miss. I’d almost say I’m lonely, but lonely Is worse, I recall, than this. Loneliness is a genuine poverty. ...
“Before reaching the final line, however, he had already understood that he would never leave that room, for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering the parchments, and that everything written on them was unrepeatable since time immemorial and...
there is ghazal swimming inside of her, wanting to be born. on the matter of foretelling, of small miracles, cactus flowers in bloom on this city fire escape, where inside your tongue touches every inch of her skin, where you lay your hand on her belly and sleep. here, she fingers the ornate remains of ancient mosques. here, some mythic angel will rise from the dust of ancestors’ bones. this is...
feeding the dead →
as always, Paul nails it.
see with your heart →
Inversions and contortions →
incredible. I will be a contortionist one day.
“We must surrender our hopes and expectations, as well as our fears, and march directly into disappointment, work with disappointment, go into it and make it our way of life… If we can open, then we suddenly begin to see that our expectations are irrelevant compared with the reality of the situations we are facing. This automatically brings disappointment. Disappointment is the best...