Practically speaking, a life that is vowed to simplicity, appropriate boldness, good humor, gratitude, unstinting work and play, and lots of walking brings us close to the actual existing world and its wholesomeness. —Gary Snyder
To Snyder’s recipe I would recommend a few more ways to engage in our actual existing world: grow some of your own food, travel along your preferred path to discover what’s extraordinary about our “ordinary” world whether through a meditation, yoga, or prayer practice; be a member of a family; have friends; cultivate at least one outlet to express joy (whether through singing, dancing, painting, sculpting, photography, cooking, sewing, knitting, woodcraft, storytelling, poetry, etc.); and get acquainted with your dreams.
What do you find that brings you into wholesome connection with the actual existing world?
|Thanksgiving dinner with Ted—home after two years in Togo, West Africa|