Category: Literary

Sit Down and Shut Up

The subtitle of Brad Warner’s book, “Sit Down and Shut Up,” is “Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, & Dogen’s Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye.” It’s a mouthful, but the book really does encapsulate all that. And more. Overall, it was an easy read, entertaining, and doesn’t take itself very seriously. …

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Nicole Krauss’s Letter to Van Gogh

The following is an excerpt from Maria Popova’s awesome Brain Pickings posting about Nicole Krauss’s letter in response to Van Gogh’s heartbreaking letter to his brother about fear: “It’s a strange thing about the human mind that, despite its capacity and its abundant freedom, its default is to function in a repeating pattern. It watches …

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Your vulnerability is f*cking gorgeous

by Sarah Harvey   stop it. stop hiding that fragile part of you the part you think no one could ever love oh my dear, that is your most lovable part of all. pull up the sheets, pull open the tattered seams let your mask fall away and dissolve into stale thin air let your …

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The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for …

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At the Window

I was at the window when a fly near the latch was on its back spinning— legs furious, going nowhere. I thought to swat it but something in its struggle was too much my own. It kept spinning and began to tire. Without moving closer, I exhaled steadily, my breath a sudden wind and the …

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For a New Begining

In out of the way places of the heart Where your thoughts never think to wander This beginning has been quietly forming Waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire Feeling the emptiness grow inside you Noticing how you willed yourself on Still unable to leave what …

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To sit and wait

“As soon as I felt a necessity to learn about the nonhuman world, I wished to learn about it in a hurry. And then I began to learn perhaps the most important lesson that nature had to teach me: that I could not learn about her in a hurry. The most important learning, that of …

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I said to my soul, be still

If you are like me, impatient and impetuous, fiery and restless–and Hump Day is the worst, anything in the middle and halfway is unbearable–then let these words soothe the embers of your soul: I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without …

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Slow Dance by David L. Weatherford

Slow Dance by David L. Weatherford Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round, or listened to rain slapping the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight, or gazed at the sun fading into the night? You better slow down, don’t dance so fast, time is short, the music won’t last. Do you run through …

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