Monday, July 30, 2012

to go slower & how to get to beautiful

monday morning. cup of coffee. list of things to do. figuring out how to get all the things done, how to go faster.

and then, this thought:

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace." - May Sarton, via planting words


this is a post from july 2010 - i just came across it while revisiting my own blog, and thought i re-post with larger image. and nice coincidence: the "planting words" blog now is named "writing our way home", and the post that is on top there now is about revisiting a book i also have here: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by R. Pirsig. here's the direct link to the blog post (just in case for the next re-blog in 2 years): How to get to Beautiful...

a quote from Pirsig's book: “We want to make good time, but for us now this is measured with the emphasis on "good" rather than on "time"....”


Jean said...

One of my most beloved Buddhist teachers, Martine Batchelor, always says that the more you have to do the slower you need to go.

Dorothee Lang said...

Going slower - if only this would be easier in such moments, or rather: if only we would think of this when things get hectic and all pointers move to "faster, faster".

Anonymous said...

I smiled when I read you are revisiting this book right now: "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by R. Pirsig. I first read it a couple of years ago, and felt called to pull it from my bookshelf again just last week. For whatever reason, I felt that I must re-read.

Dorothee Lang said...

it's Zen Motorcycle coincidence days. i will look for it in my own bookshelf, too - i remember having marked some pages in it. will see where i arrive at.