April232014
New growth

On the forest floor in the Spring it’s amazing to see whole carpets of new life suddenly bursting through.

New growth

On the forest floor in the Spring it’s amazing to see whole carpets of new life suddenly bursting through.

April222014

When light attracts

Light catches my eye, especially when whatever is lit seems to glow as if the light emerges from within….

 

Sunlit birch bark

The light in the plant

and sometimes, the light seems to lead you somewhere

The Stairway to...

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April212014

Drawn towards, or competing against

Drawn towards, or competing against

In Mary Midgley’s excellent new work, “Are You an Illusion?”, which sets out strong arguments against reductionist materialism, one of the issues she raises is about the competitive basis of the physicalist approach so dominant in the world today. The Neo-Darwinist emphasis on “survival of the fittest” is too simplistic alone to explain evolutionary change. This is not a new argument of course,…

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April202014

The A to Z of Becoming. P for Pause

The A to Z of Becoming. P for Pause

Orange sky from Pointe Rouge

In the A to Z of Becoming, P is for Pause.

A pause is a break, a temporary stopping. I first encountered the concept of the “bardo” in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, where it was helpfully described as a space where enlightenment could emerge. The meditation teaching in that book is to become aware of the space between two thoughts, and gradually to practice increasing that space. In…

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April192014

The synthesis of ways of knowing

The synthesis of ways of knowing

Feather

Burrrrr

When you look at these two photos, do you think, like I do, that the first one looks “soft” and the second one looks “spiky” or “sharp”?

I don’t mean in terms of photographic quality, I mean, in terms of sensations.

When I look at that feather, I think it looks soft. When I look at the burr, I think it looks prickly.

But isn’t that odd?

These are photos. I’m using my eyesight to perceive…

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Fern spiral

Fern spiral

7AM
New ferns

New ferns

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Spring

Spring

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Emerging branch

Emerging branch

7AM
Sunlit birch bark

Sunlit birch bark

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