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“If you’ve really learned how to think, how to pay attention, then you will know you have other options.” – David Foster Wallace from This is Water

This now renowned commencement address given at Kenyon College back in 2005 has become one of David Foster Wallace's most impactful and widely shared essays. The core message - about waking ourselves up from our default modes and making choices about our lives and what we choose to pay attention to - is a crystallisation… Continue reading “If you’ve really learned how to think, how to pay attention, then you will know you have other options.” – David Foster Wallace from This is Water

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Disorder in Your Mind Shows in Your Feet – Shunmyo Masuno 

The Art of Simple Living is handbook for the paring down of details of your daily existence to the most nourishing basics. Written by Shunmyo Masuno, a Japanese Soto Zen priest who is primarily known for his Zen garden design, the little book offers 100 daily practices to cultivate calm and joy. Below is the… Continue reading Disorder in Your Mind Shows in Your Feet – Shunmyo Masuno 

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Mary Oliver – Teach the Children

This short and stirring paragraph comes right at the end of Upstream, Mary Oliver’s first essay in a collection of shorts that express her life’s trajectory towards nurturing and developing her creative spirit, always in intimate conversation with herself and with nature. It expresses the imperative need to nurture our own relationships with nature and to teach… Continue reading Mary Oliver – Teach the Children