Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The morning moon

When I opened the door this morning to pick up the newspaper I noticed the diminishing moon was very bright.
It inspired me to start the 3-page morning pages exercise in the The Artist's Way.I did write 3 pages of rambling prose which included the foreign language film The Weeping Camel.It's a movie about separation and reconciliation between a mother camel and her calf and a portrait of a nomadic family's daily life with its simplicity and contentment.

I have been reading lately about living minimally.When I retired 5 years ago we downsized from a 4-bedroom house to a small condo-900 square feet. Gradually I became adjusted the small space and library. I enjoyed walking to the library and borrowing books. I still buy new books now and then. Used bookstores have always been my favorite haunt.Whenever I am in a new town, I look for the used bookstores.

Inspiration can come spontaneously or it can be nudged.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


There are a lot of daily distractions. You have to navigate around these distractions-phone calls, emails, iPod.They don't have equal importance. You have to concentrate on the ones you want to accomplish that day.

You have the oars. Don't worry but pay attention to the rapids. You can enjoy the natural surroundings in spite of the dangers.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


"Our ability to focus will allow us to create in ways that perhaps we haven’t in years. It’ll allow us to slow down and find peace of mind. It’ll allow us to simplify and focus on less — on the essential things, the things that matter most.
And in doing so, we’ll learn to focus on smaller things. This will transform our relationship with the world. It’s not that “less is more”, but “less is better”. Focusing on smaller things will make us more effective. It’ll allow us to do less, and in doing so, have more free time for what’s important to us. " excerpt from Focus by Leo Babauta

I'll "learn to focus on smaller things".

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

the world is mine

I'm in my own world when I'm playing chess or listening to music.
Children are absorbed by their own world when they are playing or reading.
All of us have our world we inhabit. There is a flow or unfettered imagination. It is a state of bliss.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Waiting in silence. Sometimes the deepest insight comes from waiting, from listening. I try to understand how to listen from the deepest part of my heart.