Monday, January 26, 2009

Mantra Monday: Just Dance Along.

Somehow, January seems to have slipped from my perception of space and time. But I'm still calm and put together - if not more so than most of months of late. For what it's worth, both my desk at work and apartment are organized and I've practiced for a minimum of 45 minutes every day. How have I managed to do this? The practice, all the travel, all the activities and visits, and work?


I found my answer while reading on the commuter rail from Boston to So. Attleboro last Monday:

"The secret of this kind of climbing," said Japhy, " is like Zen. Don't think. Just dance along. It's the easiest thing in the world, actually easier than walking on flat ground which is monotonous. The cute little problems present themselves at each step and yet you never hesitate and you find yourself on some other boulder you picked out for no special reason at all, just like Zen." Which it was.
- Kerouac, Jack. The Dharma Bums. The Viking Press: 1958; ed. Penguin Books: New York, 2006. p. 48.

5 comments:

The Mathematician said...

Don't forget, you even found some interesting "things" in your room in RI.

Portside said...

Yes, and also uncovered yet another "project."

alfia said...

Sounds good, hard to implement though. I envy your put-togetherness! I am a total mess lately. :(

Portside said...

Dearest Alfia.

I was talking about this with a friend of mine over this weekend, we both decided that truly the start of the new year is February b/c January seems to be left to tie up those remaining loose ends from the previous year. I hope February settles into a pattern for you. :)

hug.

alfia said...

That sounds good! I feel a little down because of all the NY resolutions I was unable to keep, but here is another chance. Thank you, that makes me feel better. I do believe I can settle into a routine eventually, just need an extra push from outside. And assuming a Zen attitude, of course.