“To begin with, just give up any expectations of yourself. That’s a simple good instruction for how to do Buddhist meditation,” instructs Pema Chödrön to those beginning their practice. “Let go and observe without judgment.” Buddhist meditation is about dissolving our fixation on ourselves, on the process of meditating, and on any result we might […]
“When the spirit moves into writing, shaping its direction, that is a moment of pure mystery.”
Anne Waldman looks at her development as a poet and writer within the context of feminism and women writers, as well as the influence of her father.
“Writing is where I give everything. I know that when I’m doing sitting meditation, I hold back. Writing is where I put my ass on the line.”
Eric Simpson bares his sole at a traditional Japanese firewalk.
“Why must an ‘ability’ be recast as a ‘core competency?’ Why must we all face the future armed with ‘strategic plans’ and ‘key leverage points?'”
With the people who live with chronic hopelessness and fear, we try to live comfortably in their darkness. And that’s the hardest thing of all.
Julia Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way and The Vein of Gold in conversation with Samuel Bercholz.