Can you point north from where you're reading this right now? Do you know what grasses are native to your area? Many of us are urgently connected to global news yet know very little about where we're at: our local people and places.
Did you know that when we blush, our stomachs blush too? And that our eyes are sensitive enough to see the light of a candle 30 miles away? It's an amazing thing, our bodies. And its fragilty is a core part of that beauty.
A crack, a wrinkle, or a moving cloud. If it's not forever, then it's fragile, at least on some timescale. Responsive to the sands of time. Alive. What reminds you of life's fragility?
It's predicted that the metaverse will soon rival and then surpass physical realms in many ways. If that's true, we're going to be spending a whole lot more time online. But what might we miss if this happens?
Four fundamental ways in which our perception will be limited in virtual reality, and why this may be important.
There's something about making physical movements with the body that helps us to be more intentional. Getting out of our heads and into our bodies gives us more clarity.
Seasons give structure, meaning, and momentum to our lives. Japan, inspired by classical Chinese sources, has 72 of these microseasons. Each lasts just a few days, making note of tiny, delicate changes in nature.
It's not something we tend to look very favourably upon, loose ends. Unfinished projects, and limbo lands. But perhaps there's something to be appreciated about these moments of incompleteness.
One of the greatest benefits of looking up at the Moon everyday is that it gives us something physical in our environments to track. A reference point for the movement of time, outside of our own heads and bodies.
Attention is intimately connected with life itself. It's not just valuable because it's useful. And the way we talk about it matters.