Encounter in the forest

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‘Do not say the moment was imagined Do not stoop to strategies like this As someone long prepared for this to happen Go firmly to the window, drink it in Exquisite music Alexandra laughing Your first commitments tangible again … As someone long prepared for the occasion In full command of every plan you wrecked Do not choose a coward’s explanation that hides behind the cause and the effect’ – Leonard Cohen, from his song  Alexandra Leaving High up in the forest, early morning. No-one else around this high up, so early. Space to breathe. A tender layer of clouds stretching across the flowing hills […]

Longing from a vanishing world

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‘We must allow ourselves to be disappointed, which means the surrendering of me-ness, my achievement. We would like to watch ourselves attain enlightenment … with miracles and earthquakes occurring and gods and angels singing and so forth. This never happens. The attainment of enlightenment from ego’s point of view is extreme death. It is the ultimate and final disappointment. Treading the spiritual path is painful. It is a constant unmasking, peeling off of layer after layer of masks.’ – Chogyam Trungpa, from The Myth of Freedom Blessed evening It was a beautiful autumn evening. We were sitting outside on the patio under the trees in […]

Living by the sword

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‘I want you to acknowledge that your anger is un-fucking-justified. I want you to acknowledge that he who fights by the sword, fucking dies by it, Tommy. … If you pull that trigger, right? You pull that trigger for a fucking honourable reason. Not like some fucking civilian that does not understand the wicked ways of our world, mate.’ – From Peaky Blinders, Season 3, Episode 6: Alfie Solomons speaking to Thomas Shelby as Shelby holds a gun to Solomons’s head, enraged at his betrayal which led to Shelby’s son having been abducted by mortal enemies. ‘The wicked ways of our world …’ Wish there […]