Hokusai On Drawing

   Hokusai   (October 31, 1760 – May 10, 1849)

Hokusai (October 31, 1760 – May 10, 1849)

Ever since the age of six I have had a mania for drawing the forms of objects. Towards the age of fifty I published a very large number of drawings, but I am dissatisfied with everything I produced before the age of seventy. It was at the age of seventy-three I nearly mastered the real nature and form of birds, fish, plants, etceteras.

Consequently, at the age of eighty, I shall have got to the bottom of things; at one hundred I shall have attained a decidedly higher level which I cannot define, and at the age of one hundred and ten every dot and every line from my brush will be alive. I call on those who may live as long as I to see if I keep my word.

Pema Chödrön On Meditation

   Pema Chödrön   (July 14, 1936 -)

Pema Chödrön (July 14, 1936 -)

Meditation is about seeing clearly the body that we have, the mind that we have, the domestic situation that we have, the job that we have, and the people who are in our lives. It’s about seeing how we react to all these things. It’s seeing our emotions and thoughts just as they are right now, in this very moment, in this very room, on this very seat. It’s about not trying to make them go away, not trying to become better than we are, but just seeing clearly with precision and gentleness.

 

🎂Happy Birthday Pema Chödrön (July 14, 1936 -)🎂

Alan Watts On A Happening

    Alan Watts   (January 06, 1915 – November 16, 1973)

 Alan Watts (January 06, 1915 – November 16, 1973)

For when you see that the universe cannot be distinguished from how you act upon it, there is neither fate nor free will, self nor other. There is simply one all-inclusive 'Happening,' in which your personal sensation of being alive occurs in just the same way as the river flowing and the stars shinning far out in space. There is no question of submitting or accepting or going with it, for what happens in and as you is no different from what happens as it.



Lewis Thomas On Possibilities

   Lewis Thomas   (November 25, 1913–December 3, 1993) 

Lewis Thomas (November 25, 1913–December 3, 1993) 

Provided we do not kill ourselves off, and provided we can connect ourselves by the affection and respect for which I believe our genes are also coded, there is no end to what we might do on or off this planet.

At this early stage in our evolution, now through our infancy and into our childhood and then, with luck, our growing up, what our species needs most of all, right now, is simply a future.

Oliver Sacks On The Sabbath

   Oliver Sacks   (July 09, 1933 – August 30, 2015)

Oliver Sacks (July 09, 1933 – August 30, 2015)

And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life — achieving a sense of peace within oneself. I find my thoughts drifting to the Sabbath, the day of rest, the seventh day of the week, and perhaps the seventh day of one’s life as well, when one can feel that one’s work is done, and one may, in good conscience, rest.

🎂Happy Birthday  Oliver Sacks (July 09, 1933 – August 30, 2015) In Memoriam 🌹

Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin On Immigration

   Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin   also known as Michael I. Pupin (October 4, 1858–March 12, 1935)

Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin also known as Michael I. Pupin (October 4, 1858–March 12, 1935)

If the present standards had prevailed forty-eight years ago I should have been deported. There are, however, certain things which a young immigrant may bring to this country that are far more precious than any of the things which the present immigration laws prescribe…An immigrant can see things which escape the attention of the native.

John O’Donohue On Inner Experience

   John O’Donohue   (January 1, 1956–January 4, 2008)  

John O’Donohue (January 1, 1956–January 4, 2008)  

Each one of us is privileged to be the custodian of this inner world, which is accessible only through thought, and we are also doomed, in the sense that we cannot unshackle ourselves from the world that we actually carry… All human being and human identity and human growth is about finding some kind of balance between the privilege and the doom or the inevitability of carrying this kind of world.

Hannah Arendt On Silent Intercourse

   Hannah Arendt   (October 14, 1906 – December 04, 1975)

Hannah Arendt (October 14, 1906 – December 04, 1975)

A person who does not know that silent intercourse (in which we examine what we say and what we do) will not mind contradicting himself, and this means he will never be either able or willing to account for what he says or does; nor will he mind committing any crime, since he can count on its being forgotten the next moment. 

Bill Hayes On Kindness

I make a point of waving or nodding hello when I can. I have come to believe that kindness is repaid in unexpected ways and that if you are lonely or bone-tired or blue, you need only come down from your perch and step outside…Just remember: Ask first, don’t grab, be fair, say please and thank you, always say thank you — even if you don’t get something back right away. You will.

Zadie Smith On Race

   Zadie Smith   (October 25, 1975 -)

Zadie Smith (October 25, 1975 -)

My best friend during my youth — now my husband — is himself from Northern Ireland, an area where people who look absolutely identical to each other, eat the same food, pray to the same God, read the same holy book, wear the same clothes and celebrate the same holidays have yet spent four hundred years at war over a relatively minor doctrinal difference they later allowed to morph into an all-encompassing argument over land, government and national identity. Racial homogeneity is no guarantor of peace, any more than racial heterogeneity is fated to fail.

Jorge Luis Borges On The Self

   Jorge Luis Borges   (August 24, 1899 – June 14, 1986)

Jorge Luis Borges (August 24, 1899 – June 14, 1986)

I do not deny this consciousness of being, nor the immediate security of here I am that it breathes into us. What I do deny is that all our other convictions must be adjusted to the customary antithesis between the self and the non-self, and that this antithesis is constant…The self is a mere logical imperative, without qualities of its own or distinctions from individual to individual.

Maria Popova On Depression

   Maria Popova   (July 28, 1984 -)

Maria Popova (July 28, 1984 -)

In my own experience, the most withering aspect of depression is the way it erases, like physical illness does, the memory of wellness. The totality of the erasure sweeps away the elemental belief that another state of being is at all possible — the sensorial memory of what it was like to feel any other way vanishes, until your entire being contracts into the state of what is, unfathoming of what has been, can be, and will be. If Emily Dickinson was correct, and correct she was, that “confidence in daybreak modifies dusk,” the thick nightfall of depression smothers all confidence in dawn.

And yet daybreak does come, with a shock and a rapture, to find us asking ourselves in half-belief: “What hurt me so terribly all my life until this moment?”