Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday August 31, 2012

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.  
What is essential is invisible to the eye."
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday August 24, 2012

"Prayer is one of the most versatile tools human beings
have ever designed for coping with stress...when we have almost
nothing, if we have our consciousness, then prayer is an option."
--Greg Epstein, Good without God

Monday, August 6, 2012

How do you keep close?

It takes effort to create the conditions for authentic cohesion with the folks around us, since in 2012 our environment does not force us to gather around a fire with the clan we were born into. 

According to Rebecca G. Adams, Professor of Sociology and Gerontology at UNC Greensboro, one of the key factors for experiencing cohesion with others is proximity, which she defines as "repeated, unplanned interactions [in] a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other."

And while, so far, it appears to be a fact in my suburban life that there is no such thing as "unscheduled" I have found that the practice of getting together with people at a regular time and place creates the sense of ease that beckons in the word "unplanned."  

Lately, I have been feeling grateful for the opportunity to gather in proximity with people I respect and care forage, to hunt, and as a cobbled together clan, guard all that is precious.

To read more about proximity check out:
this article in the New York Times

Friday June 15, 2012

Friday June 15, 2012

"This world is its own magic.  If we are looking for something, 
it can vanish from our sight, but if we do not try to see it, 
that something cannot vanish."
--Suzuki Roshi