+ you must make your own map 🧭
Thank you, Sara. And thank you for the Michael Stearns link. I am going to suggest in return the work of John Luther Adams. His pieces "Becoming Ocean," "Becoming Desert," etc. are similar explorations of landscape as sound, and quite beautiful. It is through his work that I discovered that poet John Haines, whose "October" poem I shared last month. It is such a tiny, connected world sometimes.
So grateful I opened your newsletter. What a gift! I wish I had a huge following so that I can share with others your beautiful post. Thank you.
Great post! I really appreciated what you said about "should." I began doing transcendental meditation a couple of years ago, and it's been great. But I find that when it becomes a "should" I'm just less likely to show up for it. What usually gets me to show up is some sense of benefit (I'll feel better) or need (I feel anxious), but I'm going to try and think of the whole thing as an adventure and see where that takes me. Thank you! And have a wonderful retreat!
Great post. I love hearing what you have to say and suggest. Have a good retreat!
I don't mention meditation to anyone anymore unless they ask, or it comes up in a completely natural way. I tried writing about it in my newsletter a few years back, and was disheartened by all of the weird, preconceived notions people had about it in their responses. Maybe I used to have those, too? I certainly saw it as a "should" before getting hooked on the Waking Up app with Sam Harris. In my humble opinion, Waking Up is a cut above.
you are def solid for me in a wonderful flowing way! i still am addicted to headspace and grateful i found it! great newsletter!