"Take an interest in your pain and your fear. Move closer, lean in, get curious; even for a moment, experience the feelings without labels, beyond being good or bad. Welcome them. Invite them. Do anything that helps melt the resistance."- Pema Chödrön
Winter garden, the moon thinned to a thread–
∆ Bashō, from The Essential Haiku: Versions of Bashō, Buson & Issa (ed. and trans. Robert Hass)
an epigraph from Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s The Undercommons: “To work today is to be asked, more and more, to do without thinking, to feel without emotion, to move without friction, to act without question, to translate without pause, to desire without purpose, to connect without interruption.”
I was no longer needing to be special, because I was no longer so caught in my puny separateness that had to keep proving I was something.
| Ram Dass
This is the bread: body, soul, exquisite tenderness. We are all we have.
∆ Mary Jo Bang, from “Café Edgar,” Apology for Want (University Press of New England, 1997)
As Nancy puts it, "It is by touching the other that the body is a body, absolutely separated and shared." There is an abyss, a space of separation, but we can experience it together.
∆ Karmen MacKendrick, Words Made Skin: Figuring Language at the Surface of Flesh
Our body works in patterns, it looks for routes. Become aware of what paths you have followed so far, start looking for new directions and literally start to piloting your own body.