Archive for January 11, 2012


Japanese Tea Ceremony

A solemn traditional Japanese tea ceremony conducted with deliberateness.

Beautiful kimono. Oh and, for you all who don’t see the reason for going through “all that trouble,” the tea ceremony is about more than the drinking of tea — and at the same time, it is about less. More about being quiet and meditative, thoughtful and deliberate, graceful and simple. It is about entering a calm, meditative state of mind and momentarily slipping into a more intimate relationship with those present. Not about guzzling tea. Though the tea does have meaning itself. Look it up.

Degas and Ballet

BBC programme –  degas and ballet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Degas#Personality_and_politics

http://www.impressionniste.net/degas_edgar.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Petite_Danseuse_de_Quatorze_Ans

La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans
Glyptoteket Degas1.jpg
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Rkmath

http://www.rkmath.org/retreats

Life progresses by continual affirmation and negation. If we are to understand the proper value and significance of a thing, we have to observe it with a detached vision. By renouncing we gain. Our day’s work would have lost all charm and ground down our soul if we had not the oblivion of nightly sleep. This is a truth, the profundity of which often escapes us. We think that to do the best in anything we must be attached to it. We forget that attachment binds and to that extent limits our powers and capacity to accomplish. It is in inner detachment that we go beyond limitations and that our being flows in unimpeded streams.

To learn and practice such detachment we must time and again retreat and introspect about our journey, its direction, its speed and destination. We must have a break and a pause which make as hold on to the eternal and the permanent more strongly. We gain strength thereby to look upon the world and its concerns with an amused eye. After all, to act is not our vocation. To think or to feel also is not our nature. To be, that is our real nature. To be, to become the eternal, beyond all change and necessity of change, that is the goa