“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Physical

The physical level, earth if you like, is without doubt the garden of paradise in which spiritual (so-called) practice truly lives. Everything good in my life has come from descending from the lofty heights of crazy heaven to the delightful physicality of earth. Perhaps in other cultures they need some more heaven, but in my family, with its florid mental illnesses, earth is where it's at.

Tidying laundry, washing dishes, cleaning the toilet, cooking, ferrying children. This is definitely where it's at, no doubt. Even thinking and writing are physical processes. As an OOO-er you start to see this quite clearly.


Schizostroller said...

Before enlightenment, you need to go fetch water
After enlightenment, you still need to go fetch water

Sally said...