this is a channel about how we choose to spend our time and attention in this new landscape (a new reality). I urge us all to cultivate mindfulness, and to be attentive to moments of mindlessness. As we spend more and more time exploring new worlds within the boundaries of our respective homes, our perception of these spaces will grow and mutate. How do we cultivate a sense of love and wonder in these new worlds? Where are the borders between this world and the next? Are there any? Today, think about growth. Where does it happen? Sitting on the couch in your living room, cutting an onion in the kitchen, walking from one room to the next. Listen to the sounds of your home with an open heart, receive its messages, respond without words. This channel is a place to off load fragments of writings from the time spent within the complex of worlds that is a home, the house as a microsystem.
Imagine standing by a window at night, on the sixth or seventeenth or forty-third floor of a building. The city reveals itself as a set of cells, a hundred thousand windows, some darkened and some flooded with green or white or golden light. Inside, strangers swim to and fro, attending to the business of their private hours. You can see them, but you can't reach them, and so this commonplace urban phenomenon, available in any city of the world on any night, conveys to even the most social a tremor of loneliness, its uneasy combination of separation and exposure.
— Olivia Laing
i miss you and i hope that just isn't too much to say in this massive world that feels like a tiny party
Self-control is a conscious choice. It is tempting to look into the void and give in to the whispers that you are out of control and can do nothing to better your situation—especially in this media cycle. Important thing to do is to focus on what gave you pleasure and meaning before all this noise and lockdown started. Do something to re-connect with that. Don’t let the pieties of the day prevent you from living a life of fulfillment.