My grandmother was dying. I remember driving to sit with her, to talk and sing to her, to pray for her. Knowing that she was between worlds was to experience liminal space.
As parents, we expect a lot of our children and I want to pause when I feel those expectations coming up. I’d like to trust this instead: my kids will find their way. It will not be my way. It will be their way.
The symbolic nature of ritual signals a change to our psyches. This is what we desire. This is what we treasure, and this is what we’re claiming.
We are by nature averse to changing our current state. Inertia comes with living on this earth.
When you spend your days in silence, your awareness expands and sometimes, you feel blessed by an experience that cannot be named easily in the louder, more linear world.
The Japanese concept of yutori means “a state with sufficiency and ease.” The concept encapsulates the opposite of American work culture.
To live a more artful life, meditation and reflection will open an aperture to possibilities that are hard to see otherwise.
You’ll be able to read your own tea leaves and make a choice that is waiting for you.
If we can’t trust society to hold itself together in basic ways, a “secure” career begins to feel flimsy too.