“The true life is not reducible to words spoken or written, not by anyone, ever. The true life takes place when we’re alone, thinking, feeling, lost in memory, dreamingly self-aware, the submicroscopic moments. He said this more than once, Elster did, in more than one way. His life happened, he said, when he sat staring at a blank wall, thinking about dinner…
He said we do this all the time, all of us, we become ourselves beneath the running thoughts and dim images, wondering idly when we’ll die. This is how we live and think whether we know it or not. These are the unsorted thoughts we have looking out the train window, small dull smears of meditative panic.” – Don DeLillo, Point Omega
This guy sums it up pretty well – if you’re anxious right now; what about exactly? Anxiety generally doesn’t serve any great purpose so… tap back into excitement about the possibilities… even the shittest of situations can be used for inspiration depending on your perspective. Like K’naan says;
I take inspiration from the most heinous of situations
Creatin’ medication out my own tribulations
There’s a bit’a multi-media upliftage for y’all!
This book is a ‘spiritual classic’, you can download it here:
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (2MB)
A favourite quote is: “Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, Life itself reveals again and again the opposite: that letting go is the path to real freedom.”
2 cool quotes I took from ~ Tony Schwartz: The Myths of the Overworked Creative
1 – “We are most efficient when we do one thing at a time, in an absorbed way”
2 – Once you pay attention to what has your attention you’ll find out what really has your attention”
~ so true. There’s a certain level of zen-focus that takes about 15 minutes to get into (ask any computer programmer), which, in these days of checking phones, email, facebook etc, is possibly a state of zen-focus some people might not have experienced for years! Try turning off your email for a day. Even half a day. See what you end up doing with yourself – and maybe ask yourself, did it *really* have any negative repurcussions?
As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.
~ Das Wesen der Materie [The Nature of Matter], speech at Florence, Italy (1944) (from Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Abt. Va, Rep. 11 Planck, Nr. 1797)
Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.