Reflections on art, beauty, and love
Thank you, Jonathan. I have really liked having these weekly moments of quiet ambedo with you. Hope you are well. Lisa
Hello again, Jonathan. I meant to respond immediately upon reading your post earlier in the week but was busily pursuing my own selfish interests and in the middle of something quite captivating. Your post immediately brought to mind something I read from one of my go-to thinkers, West Coast poet and Buddhist Gary Snyder. Today, I pulled up the reference in "Practice of the Wild," where Snyder tells of a Crow elder who had something important to say at a mid-seventies Native American conference in Bozeman, Mont. The elder encouraged those in attendance to set their roots in a place and listen for spiritual messages from the land, the winds and waters. He said something to the effect of "If people stay somewhere long enough -- even white people -- the spirits will begin to speak to them. It's the power of the spirits coming up from the land. The spirits and the old powers aren't lost, they just need people to be around long enough and the spirits will begin to influence them." It is apparent to me that you've already made such an intimate connection to your place on Champlain's shores. Please do continue listening and probing and sharing what you learn. This insane world can't get enough.
Yes wonderful really. Doesn’t this intention of unity permeate everything?
From our ways of seeing, to the way sound and light travels and the way the white veins in the limestone become eventually grey sand in the great recycler of time. The transformative factor is key to unity. The only constant is change. Yet when we change the magnitude of our point of view over the elements, regardless how far away or close by we look at them, there is a stillness untouched as an inherent organic position, a place for everything and everyone, a place for each grain of sand interconnecting with the next one, as a whole. There is peace within that stillness,(just like the one I imagine of a swirling Dervish in constant movement), just like a floating universe balancing chaos, gravitational forces and the supreme dance. Off I go... Thank you dear Jonathan. Wonderful to witness your life, work and thoughts again. 🙏
good morning - thank you for the email... so many rich thoughts - a nice way to reframe my day.
And yet a point has no length.-