Gardens are simultaneously a material and a spiritual undertaking. That’s hard for scientists, so fully brainwashed by Cartesian dualism, to grasp. “Well, how would you know it’s love and not just good soil?” she asks. “Where’s the evidence? What are the key elements for detecting loving behavior?”
That’s easy. No one would doubt that I love my children, and even a quantitative social psychologist would find no fault with my list of loving behaviors:
• nurturing health and well-being
• protection from harm
• encouraging individual growth and development
• desire to be together
• generous sharing of resources
• working together for a common goal
• celebration of shared values
• sacrifice by one for the other
• creation of beauty
If we observed these behaviors between humans, we would say, “She loves that person.” You might also observe these actions between a person and a bit of carefully tended ground and say, “She loves that garden.” Why then, seeing this list, would you not make the leap to say that the garden loves her back?
The exchange between plants and people has shaped the evolutionary history of both.
Excerpt from Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer
I generally have four or five books open around the house--I live alone; I can do this--and they are not books on the same subject. They don't relate to each other in any particular way, and the ideas they present bounce off one another. And I like this effect. I also listen to audio-books, and I'll go out for my morning walk with tapes from two very different audio-books, and let those ideas bounce off each other, simmer, reproduce in some odd way, so that I come up with ideas that I might not have come up with if I had simply stuck to one book until I was done with it and then gone and picked up another.
So, I guess, in that way, I'm using a kind of primitive hypertext.
queries for times of silence and reflection
•What canst thou say?
•Are you aware of the light in you and in all others?
•Do your actions reflect your beliefs? What is your life saying to others?
•Have you learned to distinguish inspiration from impulse, insight from temptation, patience from laziness?
•What does love require of you?
•what is holding you back?
It's a word used to describe feelings of melancholy that are hard to put into words. Like saying bye to your mom at the airport when you're moving across the country is 切ない. Usually comes with the contrast of remembering a good thing happening that isn't necessarily that way anymore like heartbreak or missing someone.
I’m always collaborating. Simone Weil says, “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” That’s my mantra to myself: Pay attention to people, what they care about, their worlds, their words, their aesthetics, their life. I look at Simone Weil and say, “Why don’t we edit that?” What if we were so ambitious—to change the word “rarest” to “most common?” What would we then say? “Attention is the most common and purest form of generosity.” That’s what I’m working toward.
Like prolonged echoes mingling in the distance, In a deep and tenebrous unity, Vast as the dark of night and light of day, Perfumes, sounds, and colours correspond.