Our old friend Marcus, who used to have his own blog, is now part of a cool, new group blog, Wake Up and Laugh!. This morning's post, by Chong Go Sumin, is worth quoting in whole:
The great Korean Buddhist teacher Hanam Sunim (1876-1951) once said that the things we do in our lives either brighten our minds, or darken them. (He said that there’s really no neutral ground, just effects that are too subtle for us to notice.)
I thought of this the other day, when I came across this great line :
Another washing machine, a bigger car, a nicer house to live in? Not much to feed the spirit in all that. (Bangkok Tattoo, 179)
So here’s an open question for everyone: What feeds your spirit?
I suppose some out there might squabble with the word "spirit" - ok, check. Now, move on and reflect on the question.
Here's a short list for myself.
1. Gardening, even the "tedious" parts like weeding.
2. Researching and learning new things.
3. Breathing fresh air.
4. Conversation and time with loved ones.
5. Writing and art.
7. Bodies of water.
8. Watching squirrels, cats, and other "wild" animals.
9. Outdoor meditation
How about you?