When you practice staying present,
one thing you’ll quickly discover
is how persistent the story line is.
Traditionally, in the Buddhist texts,
our tendencies with their habitual story lines
are described as seeds in the unconscious.
When the right causes and conditions come together,
these preexisting propensities pop up
like flowers in the springtime.
It’s helpful to contemplate that it’s these propensities
and not what triggers them
that are the real cause of our suffering.
~ Pema Chodron
Labels: PEMA CHODRON
A rough sound was polished until it became a smoother sound,
which was polished until it became music. Then the music was
polished until it became the memory of a night in Venice when
tears of the sea fell from the Bridge of Sighs, which in turn was
polished until it ceased to be and in its place stood the empty
home of a heart in trouble. Then suddenly there was sun and the
music came back and traffic was moving and off in the distance, at
the edge of the city, a long line of clouds appeared, and there was
thunder, which, however menacing, would become music, and the
memory of what happened after Venice would begin, and what
happened after the home of the troubled heart broke in two would also begin.
~ Mark Strand
painting : GIGI MILLS
What we did in eight days ::
Hans Christian Anderson Storytellers | Central Park
Roosevelt Island Tramway
The New York Public Library | Bryant Park
The Intrepid Sea, Air + Space Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Egyptian Wing
WICKED | The Gershwin Theatre
Circle Line Cruise around Manhattan
The Whitney Museum
The High Line
Hudson River Dance Festival | Paul Taylor, Ballet Hispanico, Parsons
The Polish National Ballet | The Joyce Theatre
The Brooklyn Museum | The Notebooks of Jean-Michel Basquiat
The Brooklyn Bridge | walked across into lower Manhattan
Rockefeller Center | Top of the Rock
But more importantly, we did a lot of FIRSTS
and learned a few things.
For the first time a camper
rode the subway
rode a city bus
was able to identify a Picasso
learned the words clavicle, philanthropy,
The list goes on . . . .
Yes, I'm insane,
Yes, I'm blessed with crazy energy,
Yes, I'm EXHAUSTED and speaking in tongues.
I think I'll take myself somewhere extra special
as a reward for all my hard work . . . .