Notes from the Library

Sun, 01 Feb 2015

Six Kinds of Loneliness | Pema Chödrön

Reading this on Friday has been helping me over the weekend to see loneliness and boredom too as just passing clouds. I was already making some progress on doing that for anger, but I wasn’t doing so well on life dissatisfaction on a wide scale; that is, dissatisfaction with job, living standards etc. rather than dissatisfaction with the present moment.

Wed, 08 Oct 2014

Beauty ≠ truth | Aeon magazine

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

The Running Novelist

Wed, 17 Sep 2014

Life seems somewhat like a party that I was dropped into. At first I was shy and awkward and didn't know what the rules were. I was afraid of doing the wrong thing. It turned out that I was there to enjoy myself and I didn't know how to do that. Someone kind talked to me and made me laugh. I began to understand that actually I had to make up my own rules and then live by them. —Gillian Bennett


Another memory floats by without warning: my mother and me, after a dip in the water. My teeth are chattering. My fingers are raisins. I want to rush toward my towel. But my mother tells me softly, "We don’t run to our towels; we walk. That moment distills her essence for me: a hint of old-fashioned formality—a proper woman should know how to carry herself—combined with an implicit imperative. Hold your head high, was what she was really telling me. Take your time. Soon it won’t be this cold. —Ruth Margalit


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