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N.79 / Anything can be spiritual.

More curiosities and creative considerations to offer some calm in this this weird time.

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Welcome to newsletter N.79,

Is it just me or is everything kind of weird right now?

Maybe that's just what the 21st century is.

I guess we've gotten to one of those points along the way.

A point where the tangible world that makes up the totality of our sensory experience isn't enough.

Since, the questions keep arising and the answers keep on changing.

This in turn leads us to the intangible spiritual world.

The one that isn’t seen, but embodied on another dimension. In the past the traditional religious teachings helped to quell this questioning.

However, as these frameworks and traditions have turned in on the answers themselves. It asks the question - what is spiritual?

For me, there is a simple answer - spiritual is a skill, but only if we believe it to be.

It is a capacity to hold great revere and weight for any act that we occupy during our coming and our goings.

So the act of drinking a coffee in the morning, lighting a fire or climbing a tree can have the same weighting, if it is deemed to be. - Sammy


CREATE

Find something stupid (that you love) and make it spiritual.

It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you find something! Some ideas will go somewhere, some will go nowhere, but there’s no telling the difference until they are happening.


CURIOSITY

Dragon’s blood trees are something else. The offer a very tangible sight of mathematics in nature at work here… I bet there’s some cool Fibonacci shit going on.

A Magical Series Captures the Gnarled Branches of Socotra’s Dragon Blood Trees
Russian photographer Daniel Kordan (previously) is adept at locating extraordinary environments around the world—he captured this dazzling series of Japan’s firefly mating season a few months ago—and his recent excursion to the Socotra archipelago is similarly enchanting. Situated between the Guarda

Speaking of trees, I enjoyed watching Bucky Barnes’Bonsai Releaf videos. His latest video documents the year-long transformation of a Japanese larch tree he purchased for £30 into something that looks like it’s been majestically clinging to a windswept cliff for hundreds of years.

Observation, healing, experimentation, growth, making irreversible choices — so many lovely little themes, lessons, and moments in this video.

Transformation of a Japanese Larch Bonsai Tree
Bucky Barnes returns to document the designing, pruning, carving and shaping of a Japanese Larch bonsai tree.This process was carried out over the course of ...

During the COVID waves that swept Germany, photographer Jörg Gläscher spent a lot of time in a forest near Hamburg, gathering deadwood to construct these giant wave-like structures. “I was working (with the idea of) the pure power of nature, the all-destroying force, which brings one of the richest countries in the world to a completely standstill.”

Nine Massive Waves of Deadwood Surge Across a Forest Floor Near Hamburg
As the fear of a second wave of COVID-19 swept through Germany in the fall of 2020, photographer and artist Jörg Gläscher decided to channel his own worry into a project that felt similarly vast and domineering. “I was working (with the idea of) the pure power of nature, the all-destroying force,

This advertisement from Vermont granite company Rock of Ages, featuring views of their majestic quarry accompanied by soaring opera, is way better than any commercial for a local quarry has any right to be.

Rock of Ages Quarry_Opera Singer

These dome-shaped buildings may not look like much from the outside, but they are the first houses that were 3D-printed from raw earth. “The process coined Tecla (standing for technology and clay) is eco-sustainable and environmentally friendly due to the production being zero waste and needing no materials to be transported to the site as it uses local soil. It took just 200 hours for multiple printers to construct the 60-square-metre prototype in Ravenna, Italy.”

This is the first house to be 3D printed from raw earth
Multiple printers constructed the building in 200 hours using local soil, meaning it’s zero-waste and needed no materials to be transported to the site.

Emma Marris makes a lot of good points and suggest most zoos slowly transform to botanical gardens. I think this is a great idea. Very nice photos by Peter Fisher.

Opinion | Modern Zoos Are Not Worth the Moral Cost
Many of them aspire to be good civic institutions that care for animals on their grounds and in the wild. But is it really worth their captivity?

CONSIDER

Joy is an inside job.
– Lorraine Weiss


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