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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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
Joy is an inside job.
– Lorraine Weiss
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