Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Verse 81

Here's a quote I value a lot (seriously).

"There is a beginning. There is no beginning of that beginning. There is no beginning of that no beginning of beginning. There is something. There is nothing. There is something before the beginning of something and nothing, and something before that. Suddenly there is something and nothing. But between something and nothing, I still don't really know which is something and which is nothing. Now, I've just said something, but I don't really know whether I've said anything or not.''

It's 2500 year old Taoist scripture attributed to Chuang Tzu. No, it's not a joke - in fact I consider it a very good explanation - but I find it very helpful to remind myself just how much of the universe we can understand by our rational mind alone. Things like eternity and the ever present "now" are like that. But it does make me laugh!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Late Night Music Club

Massive Attack's Mezzanine is one of my favorite albums of the 90's and this song is my favorite on the record. The track features vocals by Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins and is said to be written about her good friend Jeff Buckley. Let's get ethereal!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sour, Doughy, Raw, and Numb

If we’re not together in the heart,
what’s the point? When body and soul

aren’t dancing, there’s no pleasure
in colorful clothing. Why have

cooking pans when there’s no food in
the house? In this world full of

fresh bread, amber, and musk, so many
different fragrances, what are they

to someone who has no sense of smell?
If you stay away from the fire, you’ll

be sour, doughy, numb, and raw. You
may have lovely, just baked loaves

around you, but those friends cannot
help. You have to feel oven fire.

~A Year With Rumi by Coleman Barks