A Deeper Dive: Reflections on a Four-Year Silent Meditation Retreat

"Wherever we may be in our practice, we’ve all at times asked ourselves: What would it be like if I sat a little longer? Perhaps after our first afternoon, or daylong silent retreat, we thought—'I was really able finally to settle in there and experience stillness. It was powerful, and some interesting thoughts arose. What … Continue reading A Deeper Dive: Reflections on a Four-Year Silent Meditation Retreat

Imagined Possibilities & One Bad Storm

"Docility no longer emanates from priestly magic, it results from a mass of minor hypnoses: news, culture, town-planning, publicity, mechanisms of conditioning and suggestion in the service of any order, established or to come."—Raoul Vaneigem, "The Revolution of Everyday Life." Oakland, California: PM Press, 2012. I was reading an article in The Guardian on the problem … Continue reading Imagined Possibilities & One Bad Storm

Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction

"Loneliness is what the internet and social media claim to alleviate, though they often have the opposite effect. Communion can be hard to find, not because we aren’t occupying the same physical space but because we aren’t occupying the same mental plane: we don’t read the same news; we don’t even revel in the same … Continue reading Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction