February 2014 Blog Posts (1)

Self Forgetting

These are the pieces I used in today's Inquiry (February 11). I was curious about the ways Wendell Berry, Dogen and Thomas Merton each speak about what is most essential to open to freedom. Enjoy!


I know for a while again

the health of self-forgetfulness,

looking out at the sky through 

a notch in the valley side,

the black woods wintry…


Added by Flint Sparks on February 11, 2014 at 7:44pm — 1 Comment



Appamada is not just the occasional mindful thought or attentive state of mind, it’s actually a commitment to being attentive. It’s more than just a meditative state of mind, it’s more than just being mindful. It has to do with that primary ethical or moral orientation we have in life, with which we bring into being whatever activity we’re engaged in. Whether in formal meditation, in our interactions with other people, in our social concerns, or in our political choices, it’s the energetic cherishing of what we regard as good.

—Stephen Batchelor


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