Patterns That Connect

January 27, 2020

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This is a fascinating video showing the movement of a school of striped eel catfish moving collectively almost as a single entity, reminiscent of flocks of sparrows behaving similarly but in the air, not under water. It also brings to mind Gregory Bateson’s great 1972 book, Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity;, in which he discusses observable and recognizable patterns in nature from an epistemological perspective. Knowing can and does take place of systems and meta-systems through observation of “patterns that connect”.

Centering

January 5, 2020

https://www.brainpickings.org/2020/01/03/m-c-richards-centering/?mc_cid=91721b0981&mc_eid=4892e1c952

From Brain Pickings: The Art of Centering: Potter and Poet M.C. Richards on What She Learned at the Wheel About Non-Dualism, Creative Wholeness, and the Poetry of Personhood

This book was a must read during my art studies in the 60’s. Richards’ musings about duality/non-duality, inner/outer awareness, and interrelatedness were seminal in my development of understanding about being and the importance of creativity in the process of being.

Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings is a wonderful site. She exhibits a brilliance with her knowledge of literature and the arts and with her pattern recognition- her awesome ability to notice and explain connections and similarities among a disparate field of writers and other artists.

Popova on Richards: “Richards explores the poetry of personhood through the metaphor of centering, drawn from the craftsmanship of pottery — a potter brings the clay to the center of the wheel, then begins the process of giving the amorphous spinning mass the desired shape.

https://brainpickings.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13eb080d8a315477042e0d5b1&id=426aeebaa8&e=4892e1c952

Dr. Andrew Weil visited The Joe Rogan Podcast on December 12, 2018 and talked about mind/body, placebo, hypnosis, professional guided imagery, and several other interesting topics. Much of the discussion emphasized the role of mind and imagination in well-being and healing. Weil is an important figure in the awareness of the mind/body relationship and a leading practitioner of Integrative Medicine. This video is almost 2 hours long, and I listened to it in 2 sittings, but I found it worth my attention throughout. Enjoy.

This is Krista Tippett’s wonderful interview with the poet/philospher John O’Donohue from August 6, 2015- his last interview before his death. It is a deep conversation into beauty, life, love, language, and the imagination. Enjoy.

 

“So I believe that deep in the heart of each of us, there is this imagining, imaginal capacity that we have. So that we are all doing it.” John O’Donohue

O'Donohue on On Being

Image by Anders Mohlin/Flicker
JOHN O’DONOHUE
The Inner Landscape of Beauty

The Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue was beloved for his book Anam Ċara, Gaelic for “soul friend,” and for his insistence on beauty as a human calling. In one of his last interviews before his death in 2008, he articulated a Celtic imagination about how the material and the spiritual — the visible and the invisible — intertwine in human experience. His voice and writings continue to bring ancient mystical wisdom to modern confusions and longings.

Find the link to this interview HERE.

 

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https://onbeing.org/programs/john-odonohue-the-inner-landscape-of-beauty/

https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/03/09/atom-and-archetype-pauli-jung/?utm_source=Brain+Pickings&utm_campaign=1dadb14047-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_179ffa2629-1dadb14047-234118005&mc_cid=1dadb14047&mc_eid=4892e1c952

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

Here’s a philosophical take on the therapeutic value of art. i don’t need any more convincing but its always interesting to get a fresh perspective. thanks to Maria Popova at Brain Pickings- http://www.brainpickings.com.

Meditation Retreat

April 23, 2014

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A few weeks ago I attended a three day meditation retreat at the Ligmincha Institute in Virginia. The retreat was awesome and I am sharing here a link to a video which was taken during this very retreat. It is an hour long so it does go into some depth and includes some guided meditation by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and an interesting question and answer session with questions from around the world via internet. Enjoy.

Click on a link above or find the video here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/46068128