Friday, 5 July 2019

confidence


does not feed from success
resilient to failure
a persistent fire
of deeper origin
ignited by conviction

perfectionism is enemy to confidence

Jogyesa Buddhist temple, Seoul, Korea



Thursday, 30 May 2019

il senso della vita, again



Vivere e' essere
forza
capacita'
coraggio
per andare lontano

ne' perche' ne' dove
forse solo alla fine
scoperta ultima
di avere conosciuto
se stessi

Abbazia di San Pietro in Valle, Valnerina, Umbria


Friday, 24 May 2019

Denial



Part of you perceives slivers of reality
signals that travel from your senses
to your cognisant mind
to meet the wall of your denial

you hear the rumble
your mind may be deaf
but it's there
precious bits of information
shattered and lost
in a world of your own making

And so your little insignificant boat floats forwards
blissfully oblivious of the big drop ahead

you will fall smiling, I am sure
perhaps that is the way


Umbria, 2019

Sunday, 21 April 2019

un altro compleanno


E' di nuovo venuto il giorno simbolico
in cui ringrazio i miei genitori
perche' il loro amore sopravvive in me

Umbria, 2019

Solo, nella calma della mente, cerco anche un solo ricordo
di un abbraccio di mia madre.

Umbria, 2019

Friday, 1 February 2019

febbraio



lascia che passi
finisca
senza dolore

Newcastle, 2018

Sunday, 27 January 2019

sabbia


I pochi o forse molti granelli di sabbia che ci ritroviamo tra le dita
verso la fine del viaggio
testimoni di una vita
le onde circolari di cui siamo andati orgogliosi
energia trasferita
lontana dal punto di origine
torna tutto calmo

in fondo
non abbiamo fatto altro
che spostare sabbia
e muovere acqua


Newcastle, 2018

The here and now and the non-effort



Experiencing without trying to interpret is harder than I thought.
Interpretation relies on knowledge, which is your past. Memories of sensory knowledge, as well as the accumulation of all conceptualisations of our past experience into symbolic knowledge, reasoning, logical thinking.
Then there is the future -- our imagination, hopes, aspirations, fantasies about what's possible.
Experience of the present is when you manage to temporarily ignore both: pure experience without interpretation, explanations, or expectations.

Hard to achieve, as anybody who has tried and is honest enough will tell you.
Yet, ironically the Books tell you that there is nothing there to achieve, because intention negates the premise of non-expectation.
So, that leaves the only possibility that experience in the present just happens, without trying. That really goes against everything that we have ever been taught, practically since the day we were born, by our parents first, then school, then "society". Trying and striving is what our education is all about, and the rewards are obvious. I wouldn't be writing this from the comfort of my own house if that had not been the case.

I don't believe it is in our nature to simply exist, perhaps even just to fulfill a role in nature, like a plant. Our minds are much too complex for that. But then again, if we really are so complex to be capable of self-reflection, then it should be possible at least to understand some of what really goes on within our minds, and perhaps even to begin to control it.
Shouldn't that be part of our nature, too? (without having to try at all)


Newcastle, 2018