Spiritual Retreat(s)

When someone is sick, or in hospital, (s)he is different from other human beings – separated from the others, who have to run along their days…

After a heart attack or a stroke, everything stops, and then one think about things other people don’t have time to think about (and should do?).

Other events can push you into this state, loss, inheritance, pregnancy. This incident changes the course of life, it’s a revealing process. One think different suddenly, a little out of the flow…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retreat_(spiritual) : “…an intimate way of deepening powers of concentration and insight.”

 

Maybe it’s sad that we need religions, illness or sudden events to begin to think about…

About what? Why? What if I decided a retreat, twice a year? Not “holidays”, but a loneliness time in a lonely bungalow on a desert sand dune, in the wind and the sun within pines and in front of the sea – dans les Landes, évidemment – with no books, no wi-fi and no screens…

 

Thanks for reading!

251164Fortdeslandes.jpg

Advertisements

Summons to Reflexivity & Technics of Euphemization : Chronicle 38

One should from time to time re-study Yin & Yang. How they’re linked. How it passes from one to another. How they act & work together. How one prepares the other one. How we need both.

—————-

When someone rivals with you, but doesn’t understand what you’re doing really.

—————-

You have 1/ academics, the mainstream thing, then you have 2/ a revolutionary group, a powerful will to progress against it, you often don’t realize there are already 3/ people in the next phase, preparing in silence the next movement.

—————-

Bringing face to face, confronting two things :

  1. A tendency, a disposition, a propensity, something ready
  2. A situation, a place, a moment

(is the 2 provoked or prepared by the 1?)

—————-

“To make today what’s been done in the past“. How, why, what for? You have two hours.

—————-

We don’t know really what we’re doing.

—————-

What could be a trick to tell something… without telling it?

(technics of euphemization)

—————-

One danger for thinkers : the stiffening of categories. When you begin to think in non-movable boxes, the “labeling disease”. When you’re “sure”, you stop flows and possibilities.

—————-

A tendency to connect things.

—————-

The right to be disappointed by someone, a father a sister a lover or anyone.

—————-

“To remember is to imagine” is an obsession of Siri Hustvedt.

—————-

When you don’t find your words, WALK.

—————-

Freud says that dreams protect your sleep. It gets your brain busy in the meantime.

—————-

When you have a idea and you hunt it down thanks to the words. It’s a lonely process, or a conversation process.

—————-

I read somewhere that the beginning of civilization is not “family”, but “face to face conversation”.

—————-

When you neglect to call a decision into question.

—————-

Incitement without goal

 

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

C360_2015-01-17-09-27-07-790.jpg

82 Propositions of Jodorowsky

 

You’ll find some… sounding like the traditional inspirational quotes. But some of them will disturb you, make you laugh, or find you in total disagreement. Why?

Each one could begin an article, right?

Obtain things in order to share them.

I like this one!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

  • Ground your attention on yourself. Be conscious at every moment of what you are thinking, sensing, feeling, desiring, and doing.
  • Always finish what you have begun.
  • Whatever you are doing, do it as well as possible.
  • Do not become attached to anything that can destroy you in the course of time.
  • Develop your generosity ‒ but secretly.
  • Treat everyone as if he or she was a close relative.
  • Organize what you have disorganized.
  • Learn to receive and give thanks for every gift.
  • Stop defining yourself.
  • Do not lie or steal, for you lie to yourself and steal from yourself.
  • Help your neighbor, but do not make him dependent.
  • Do not encourage others to imitate you.
  • Make work plans and accomplish them.
  • Do not take up too much space.
  • Make no useless movements or sounds.
  • If you lack faith, pretend to have it.
  • Do not allow yourself to be impressed by strong personalities.
  • Do not regard anyone or anything as your possession.
  • Share fairly.
  • Do not seduce.
  • Sleep and eat only as much as necessary.
  • Do not speak of your personal problems.
  • Do not express judgment or criticism when you are ignorant of most of the factors involved.
  • Do not establish useless friendships.
  • Do not follow fashions.
  • Do not sell yourself.
  • Respect contracts you have signed.
  • Be on time.
  • Never envy the luck or success of anyone.
  • Say no more than necessary.
  • Do not think of the profits your work will engender.
  • Never threaten anyone.
  • Keep your promises.
  • In any discussion, put yourself in the other person’s place.
  • Admit that someone else may be superior to you.
  • Do not eliminate, but transmute.
  • Conquer your fears, for each of them represents a camouflaged desire.
  • Help others to help themselves.
  • Conquer your aversions and come closer to those who inspire rejection in you.
  • Do not react to what others say about you, whether praise or blame.
  • Transform your pride into dignity.
  • Transform your anger into creativity.
  • Transform your greed into respect for beauty.
  • Transform your envy into admiration for the values of the other.
  • Transform your hate into charity.
  • Neither praise nor insult yourself.
  • Regard what does not belong to you as if it did belong to you.
  • Do not complain.
  • Develop your imagination.
  • Never give orders to gain the satisfaction of being obeyed.
  • Pay for services performed for you.
  • Do not proselytize your work or ideas.
  • Do not try to make others feel for you emotions such as pity, admiration, sympathy, or complicity.
  • Do not try to distinguish yourself by your appearance.
  • Never contradict; instead, be silent.
  • Do not contract debts; acquire and pay immediately.
  • If you offend someone, ask his or her pardon; if you have offended a person publicly, apologize publicly.
  • When you realize you have said something that is mistaken, do not persist in error through pride; instead, immediately retract it.
  • Never defend your old ideas simply because you are the one who expressed them.
  • Do not keep useless objects.
  • Do not adorn yourself with exotic ideas.
  • Do not have your photograph taken with famous people.
  • Justify yourself to no one, and keep your own counsel.
  • Never define yourself by what you possess.
  • Never speak of yourself without considering that you might change.
  • Accept that nothing belongs to you.
  • When someone asks your opinion about something or someone, speak only of his or her qualities.
  • When you become ill, regard your illness as your teacher, not as something to be hated.
  • Look directly, and do not hide yourself.
  • Do not forget your dead, but accord them a limited place and do not allow them to invade your life.
  • Wherever you live, always find a space that you devote to the sacred.
  • When you perform a service, make your effort inconspicuous.
  • If you decide to work to help others, do it with pleasure.
  • If you are hesitating between doing and not doing, take the risk of doing.
  • Do not try to be everything to your spouse; accept that there are things that you cannot give him or her but which others can.
  • When someone is speaking to an interested audience, do not contradict that person and steal his or her audience.
  • Live on money you have earned.
  • Never brag about amorous adventures.
  • Never glorify your weaknesses.
  • Never visit someone only to pass the time.
  • Obtain things in order to share them.
  • If you are meditating and a devil appears, make the devil meditate too.

 

picplz 2011-09-27 15.24.30

 

Your Special World / Your Special People

“Some people make the world more special just by being in it”.

Obviously, with a rainbowed butterfly, it’s an “inspirational quote”, probably about love, right?

You can also think about stars (who said Marilyn Monroe?), or people who “really” changed the world, from Lincoln to Churchill. Inspiration.

I like to think about other ways to consider it….

Maybe it’s about someone who appeared and really changed you for good, and forever. A mutation, a growing up process. By the way, it’s maybe your spouse, now! Or it will be :

“The world is more special with you, I want to keep your around…”

 

Maybe it’s about someone who has been in your life and is now gone. A father who died, a lover who chose to let you down. This person is not there anymore, but you are – and you will always – think about him or her this way :

“What would he (she) think about that?”

 

Therefore, the colorful butterfly trick is maybe accurate. Some people ADD colors to your life, to your brain, right?

What about yourself? Do you think of someone who’d say that about you? Yes? No? Why?

 

Thanks for reading!

picplz 2011-11-24 13.31.45.jpg

 

 

“#Blog for yourself and not to please an audience” – wait a minute…

I read many times about big success youtubers who “lost their soul” because they stopped being themselves – instead of it, they began to blog to “please the audience”. That’s baaad! This makes sense, right? Bending their style or their personality to what they supposed to know about the viewers is probably wrong. And each time, the article I read told it this way. Bad bad bad. Nah. On the naughty step!

When I think of that, though, I hear a bell in my head. That’s so precisely evident that my senses are on alert. I know, it’s a reflex.

There’s something similar in poetry. The “poet” is supposed to be “inspired” (by what?), and peeing gorgeous metaphors because… he’s a genius. BUT even the greatest poets agree to say that there’s probably a critic inside their magic brain. Like “another guy” inside, who analyzes and channels/canalyzes the flow.

Let’s listen to Baudelaire :

I pity those poets who are guided by instinct alone: I regard them as incomplete. In the spiritual life of the former a crisis inevitably occurs when they feel the need to reason about their art, to discover the obscure laws in virtue of which they have created, and to extract from this study a set of precepts whose divine aim is infallibility in poetic creation. It would be unthinkable for a critic to become a poet; and it is impossible for a poet not to contain within him a critic. Therefore the reader will not be surprised at my regarding the poet as the best of all critics.

Charles Baudelaire

This is a perfect pattern, a tool for this article :

Here, we’re searching for a frontier between “I write for myself” and “I write for my audience”.

  • If you write 100% for yourself and you’re successful, good to you! You can stop reading this article and have subtle sex with your muse. Take your time, she likes it.
  • If you write for your audience, you’re a backwoodsman losing yourself on the paths of wrongness and your audience will sense it. You forgot why they loved you. Kill yourself.

BUT

Think about Baudelaire, our French poet. You are probably aware that you never REALLY write for yourself : you, from the beginning, took care of the readers TOO. You analyze, you think, you weave your words, YOU are your first audience, this is it. It’s a radioactive pattern. You write, you work daily, you throw a bunch of arrows, you write for you AND you take care of your audience. You want to be loved, that’s all! You know the trees, and you also know there’s a forest. You’re great, because you dance with both. That’s great!

Thanks for reading!

 

mariakdolores_-__chateaumargaux__margaux__wine__grandcruclass___grandvindebordeaux__hihi__hahaha.jpg

Instagram : mariakdolores

 

Spoon Harvesting : a casual way to read scholars

If you kept a certain form of active curiosity, you will get me at once. This is it :

Enter a library, pick a book, a VERY clever scholar book, about anthropology, philosophy or anthropological philosophy, whatever, something you don’t know anything about.

Not. Your. Field.

And dig. Go to page 174 and read half of the page. Nothing happens? Good! Add 35 pages and move forward : read. OK, read TWO pages. Go on. Until…

Until you find something quirky. In a totally inappropriate way, steal it, bend it, squeeze it, make a stick, a balloon, or a juice of it. Then apply this weird twisted “tool” to another field : to love, to poetry, to photography, to music, to creativity.

Then open your eyes and your mind, see what happens, or better : see what kind of seeds jump on your nose, what colors you find, what coincidences begin to roundance in the sun. There you go.

Plant a seed, make it happen, feel the joy of it. Water it. Be a wizard. Sharpen your curiosity. Be casual. Dance with yourself. Listen to the wind and tan your forehead in front of the moon. And there it is. From a piece of savant page, you made an idea. Voilà!

 

Thanks for reading!