Take an ordinary thing, such as a pencil.
Allowing the mind to pursue any associated by-paths... think of the thing in question from the following view-points:
(1) The thing itself.
(2) The place from whence it came.
(3) Its purpose or use.
(4) Its associations.
(5) Its probable end.
Ramacharaka's pencil multiplies into 10,000 things in the Cantos, but the method is the same. Both ABC and Raja Yoga tell the same anecdote of the naturalist Louis Agassiz instructing a student to look closely at a single fish for weeks until the fish rotted away.
Is this project with water ongoing?
I don’t know that I’ll ever get away from water. It’s still a process of discovery for me. Or as Paul Valéry said, “You never know who you’re sleeping with.” That’s the way I feel about water.
karen ... persimmon
leoni ... grapes
tigran ... grapes
stephan ... passionfruit
fernanda ... apple
helen ... apple
akseli ... dates
polina ... pear (dried) strawberries (chocolate)
kim ... apple (braeburn)
jisu ... lemon
lucy ... apple (pomegranate)
simon ... apple (stolen)
sophia ... persimmon & apple
oliver ... (coconut ... tomato)
morgan or moa ... orange
- free-write on your idea (or write alt-text of your idea)
remember, if you have trouble writing, you can simply present your favorite word or even your name. starting from something simple can be useful. also, writing is often about choosing something already existing, or combining words or ideas in new ways.
1) choose an object (or favorite photo from your camera roll) and describe it as if you were a camera. 2) write with no emotion. 3) write words you would enjoy hearing aloud
let’s write quietly in the same room together for 20 minutes.
remember, it’s important your idea is strong and works as a reading. (thinking something under ~5 minutes.)
if you haven’t settled on your idea yet, try to pick something that feels lightweight … both as an idea but also as a process … it should feel easy and nice to work on / think about …