contemplation

contemplation

+ Read » Part I: Arrival | Part II: Absence | Part III: Navigation

I've been taking walks out into trackless space, leaving point A without a point B to find.

+ Read » Part I: Arrival | Part II: Absence

Look at the map. Don't look at the coast, don't look at the text. Just look at the white mass that is the Antarctic. Look at the nothing that fills the map.

Beyond the penguins and icebergs, far behind the stony coast, larger than the United States and deprived of life, is the East Antarctic ice cap. This blank space is the vast bulk of the southern continent, a world of ice inconceivable to anyone who has not traveled over its emptiness.

Contemplating“Contemplation” (photo: Kasia/Flickr cc by-nc-sa 2.0)

What happens when you bring together science and poetry on something like color or light? Arthur Zajonc is a physicist and contemplative. And he says we can all investigate life as vigorously from the inside as from the outside.

In his new book, Parker Palmer takes a deep and wise look at the loss of values that have impoverished American democracy and public life. He discusses healing the heart of democracy and the five habits necessary in moving forward. Our extended correspondence interview with the Quaker elder and educator.

Our weekend exercise. Try this 10-minute bell sound meditation and then share your experience with us.

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