Welcome to my weekly installment of Noteworthy Links.
For the longest time, I have made it a daily goal to read at least one short story, one self-development article, and one poem per day. In celebration of all the free education and resources available via the internet, I try to make sure that my daily reading material comes from the internet and is freely available for any and all to read.
I aim to choose literature and poetry from talented writers as well as informative articles that educate and promote self growth.
This is a collection of my best reads this past week.
Poetry, Prose & Online Poetry Journals
I loved the poem Leisure by Charles Rafferty for it's bare simplicity. His words could be anyone's morning, especially mine. The poem appears on one of my favorite websites Poetry Daily. You'll find a new poem and author biography every single day on Poetry Daily. I've discovered quite a few wonderful poets via their daily posts.
I also found a prose-feature essay on Poetry Daily (they have an archive of these free for the reading!) titled Just to Watch Them is to Feel Again: Film and Poetry, Time and Image by Troy Jollimore which takes into account his reflection of the cinematic shot as compared to the poetic line as a type of entertainment that allows one to transverse dimensions as well as be entertained.
"at home I lie in bed turning Ezra Pound’s pages, finding there, too, a delicious weirdness, words I don’t recognize, words keeping company with words that seem to come from different neighborhoods entirely, if not different worlds, fragments of thought and language that seem somehow to have survived from a different era, pre-T.V., pre-consumer goods, pre-suburbs, pre-everything I am familiar with."
"The dream-life of reading poems could barely be distinguished from the dream-life of watching movies; to experience either was to go into a kind of trance, to exit through the invisible portal that, it turned out, was always hovering just to the side of one’s field of vision, into a symbolic realm whose refusal to make straightforward sense made more sense than anything conventional existence offered."
I thought it was kind of ironic that I found an essay on this topic since one of my new years resolutions this year was to lose myself in great film and read more books.
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin had a surprising twist to the ending that I thought was rather karmic, as the main character was met with the news of her husbands death with a sense of freedom. Though I didn't find it alarming that a married woman might feel trapped, nor was it unrealistic that she'd view her future as prison willed to her partner as relationships can become rather stifling.
"And yet she had loved him--sometimes. Often she had not. What did it matter! What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in the face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!"
The Last Night of the World by Ray Bradbury is an oddly realistic tale of how a population calmly reacts to the eerily quiet news of an apocalypse. It seems uncannily appropriate that they don't do anything, they go on as they always did, dinner rituals and all.
"They sat and read the papers and talked and listened to some radio music and then sat together by the fireplace looking at the charcoal embers as the clock struck ten-thirty and eleven and eleven-thirty. They thought of all the other people in the world who had spent their evening, each in their own special way."
The moral of the story seemed to speak to me that everyday life need not be grand of lotto winners or riches or big huge experiences...that the little things are really the big things. That's what I took away from the story, anyway. Read it for yourself and draw your own postulations.
Personal Growth and Self Development
Really, I am Almost Enlightened by Jerry Stocking over at the amazing Elephant Journal really drives home the point that if we want to be, we can be happy right now. Rather or not everything is okay really is a matter of thought rather than external components.
"It really isn’t nearly as big a deal as I sometimes imagine it to be."
I think the most important component to developing a Buddha mindset is in learning that it is us who govern our own thoughts, which are a direct result to whatever emotion we decide to identify with at any given moment. So, yes, we can choose to be happy or sad....everything occurs inside the thought!
And if you're one of those people (like me) who often struggle with making meaning of daily tasks, or maybe you feel stuck in the groundhog day kinda ritual, I think you'll really enjoy the article How to Enhance Your Day in Seven Minutes, Daily by Diana Mae Fernandez.
"By taking out seven minutes in your daily routine in the morning for self-care, you'll be able to jumpstart your day while improving in seven sections of your life that needs nurturing - only a minute each area."
And while I agree that her ENHANCE theory is an excellent method, I cannot find myself to implement each of those steps in less than an hour. Maybe it is me, as I love to think, reflect, really plan...and then demonstrate that plan immediately after. My morning ritual also includes Silent Time, Meditation, Yoga, and Reading some uplifting material. But, the idea does give a good start to a morning ritual that can change one's life.
"You have to both take care of your body and your inner self. YOU ARE A PRIORITY."
Hope you enjoyed my week's favorite internet picks! Until next week, I hope you find some of your own reading gems.