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posted by [personal profile] 1ngi at 11:49pm on 12/10/2011 under , ,

The Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him most, he said:

"Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."

I'm watching my other half do this at the moment and I'm sure I do it a lot too. I know that my lovely spouse is working to provide for our life together, I just wish I could help my best beloved be in the moment more often. We both need this.

We've landed in this beautiful location and now trying to put roots down in the good earth. The chap sorting the unfinished barn out has come up with some wonderful ideas about how I could finish my studio. He turned up with a huge stack of books today including an out of print one called The Woodbutchers Art filled with amazing mad house pictures. I've been presented with an opportunity to have the studio I want that will cost lots less money than I was originally quoted for and it will be more sustainable (and money left over for an etching press - squee!). It requires me to imagine myself working in my studio and actually think about creating the environment I want to be in. The challenge for me here is that structurally, the building exists - well the walls and the roof does and there are holes for the windows and doors, and structures often drive interiors. If you are free-forming a construction then the interior will also be free-form but what I want is to put some of that free form into essentially a block built box with a pitch roof. Faffing over what kind of panelling or floorboards seems a bit, well, pathetic. I want to find some sense of 'soaring' here.

Perhaps I should look up pictures of where the Dalai Lama lives...
Mood:: 'wondering' wondering
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posted by [personal profile] 1ngi at 05:58am on 25/11/2009 under , ,
These are the words from the opening scene of Love Actually:

"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaking suspicion... love actually is all around. "

I have had these lyrics from All is Full of Love by Björk stuck to my desk for many years now:

you'll be given love
you'll be taken care of
you'll be given love
you have to trust it

maybe not from the sources
you have poured yours
maybe not from the directions
you are staring at

trust your head around
it's all around you
all is full of love
all around you

And today I need to be mindful of this:

"The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it."
Helen Keller

I'd more than appreciate it if you would share with me one of your favourite quotations below.
(Cynics need not respond.)
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posted by [personal profile] 1ngi at 12:00am on 12/08/2009 under , , ,
Dawkins annoyed me the most the day when he admitted that he hadn't appreciated that a person could suffer grief through the loss of their faith.  A woman enlightened him one day during a question and answer session and he later blogged about his amazement to learn that this had happened to people (I can't find the ref on his site right now). He previous lack of empathy was more than a little shocking but I suppose that he had the good grace to admit that he needed to be more aware of this.

I've been peeling back the layers my beliefs over many years and I have still yet to settle on a definitive description of what I do and don't believe.

I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  )

Fell away and started questioning... )

Born again? ... )

A 'red-letter' Christian.. )

An uncomfortable atheism with shades of nature worship... )

"The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank"

Attributed to Dante Gabriel Rossetti

You see there should be a god. Probably.


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