June 10, 2006

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The Alchemist

Coelho, Paul. 1988. _The Alchemist._ p149.

“From where I am,” the sun said, “I can see the Soul of the World. It communicates with my soul, and together we cause the plants to grow and the sheep to seek out shade. From where I am—and I’m a long way from the earth—I learned how to love. I know that if I came even a little bit closer to the earth, everything there would die, and the Soul of the World would no longer exist. So we contemplate each other, and we want each other, and I give it life and warmth, and it gives me my reason for living.”

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Random Japanese sentence: うちは黒1匹、白2匹で、3匹の猫を飼っている。 We keep three cats, a black one and two white ones.


One of my greatest joys is one-thought: immersing myself so completely
in the moment, focusing my entire self on a single thing – a task, a
conversation, anything. I trust that whatever systems I have in place
will remind me of other things I need to do when the moment passes.
This frees me to be fully present, fully alive. I speak and listen
with my soul.

The only thing I enjoy more is no-thought: simply being. The silence
of inexpressible joy. That fundamental harmony. That peace.

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Random Japanese sentence: 猫は暗いところでも目が見える。 Cats can see in the dark.

More conversations

Last night was also a spectacular evening. Kat, Mike, Shane, Simon,
and I chatted over coffee for a while, then had Korean BBQ. One of the
highlights of the night was heading down to the lake. We watched a
thunderstorm in the distance and talked of many different things.

We should have more nights like that – and perhaps, sometime, some
sunshine too?

The night also raised an interesting question, which I’ll reflect on
more over the next few.

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Random Japanese sentence: 私はこの小猫を猫の好きな人には誰にでもあげます。 I’ll give these kittens to whoever likes cats.

Centre Island

Today I finally made it out to Centre Island, thanks to Joe Whitney.
It was a wonderfully sunny day. The ferry passed through a flock of
black loonies and a flock of white birds on the way to the island. The
birds in flight made such a wonderful picture, but I didn’t have my
camera! Waah.

We had barbecue chicken before biking all around the island. I
discovered that I’m completely hopeless at steering a tandem bike and
that synchronizing is difficult on a tandem bike with locked pedals,
so I sat at the back and tucked my feet up when he was pedalling,
balancing on the thin frame. We alternated pedalling during the trip.
It was nice to be able to pedal but be free to look around, enjoying
the sight of all that water and all those trees.

Other highlights: chocolate milkshakes, an animal farm, good
conversation in a huge chair, another chat out by the rocks that jut
out into the lake… =) It was such fun hanging out!

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Random Japanese sentence: その犬は猫を追いかけた。 The dog ran after the cat.