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Re: Walking...

Posted by alexandra_k on November 27, 2016, at 20:24:41

In reply to Re: Walking..., posted by hiddenhurt on November 27, 2016, at 7:42:43

I think you got it, exactly.

Jonathan livingston seagull is another of those books that I have childhood memories of. I think I read that one. Something about a seagull learning to fly... I'll read that next.

It is about... Arete. Virtue. Excellence. Being in the moment... Something something...

One of my friends told me that what I was looking for was something only very recent. That only some people in very recent society had the luxury of being able to afford.

And I said: Even if that was true... That wouldn't diminish the value of it to the people who valued it.
And also: I don't think that is true. I'ts something present in perhaps all of the worlds major religions.

I said at tech that something was missing... The idea of excellence. They said 'not everybody can be the best, Alex'. I said 'it's not about everybody being the best. It's about everybody being the best they can be'.

Focused attention. Right attitude. All of that stuff...

Anything can be done in that spirit. Thinking of monks sweeping... Or of mindfully doing the dishes. Hands in warm and soapy water. Enjoying it... Like taking a shower... Enjoying caring for things that we spend our time with... Being part of the environment...



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