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Left Alone @livedtime #tds261

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Solitude in the abandoned | The Daily Stillness points to João Bernardino: Solitude In The Abandoned - Better Photography which is marvellous.

Being a work day and most of the daylight hours I was inside I didn't get much of a chance. Took a quick shot of the bin lane while empting the rubbish this morning:

And when I arrived home I got another shot of the lane in the dusk:

Neither really approach the "Solitude in the abandoned" but the idea is compelling. I often enjoy the places that are edging old industy that has started to rewild. Canels & railway tracks. I am going to keep my eye open.

@livedtime #tds258 Listening as if it were all music

Today attend to all sounds in your day as if they were your favourite music.

I didn't manage all sounds, but I did listen with care a couple of times. First time at 7:30 when I went out to go to work. I often notice the bird song but don't pick up the traffic as much.

I don't think of myself as musical and probably pay more attention to lyrics than melody or harmony. Listening to the morning I don't think I managed to approach it as music.

Later after work I went for a walk round the park. A few times I started listening. Again, traffic, less birds, more voices and dogs nails clicking the Tarmac. Listening seemed to also quieten them nee dialog a wee bit and open the eyes and senses. It was a lovely spring evening, I saw my first bat of the year that my ears are far to old to hear.

 

The morning audio uploaded dosent seem to play here, so:

https://soundcloud.com/johnjohnston/woodcroft-morning

@livedtime #tds256 Smile, breathe and go slowly …

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It took me all day to get here. 

The smile and breathe come easily enough takes a while to slow down. 

This photo taken as the light went. 

 

@livedtime #tds251 all the leaves will fall

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Life saving poetry | The Daily Stillness

This caught be by surprise at breakfast this morning. A lump in my throat. Not much stillness here.

The linked blog looks great. I hope to dig into it a bit later.

I am reminded by impermanence more and more as I get older, there seems to be no answer. My usual reaction is to chase some idea or enthusiasm to push the idea away.

The clip expands in all sorts of directions, memory, admiration ricochet away.

Underneath the performance are the words.

all the leaves will fall in my breast

There are more than 75 @livedtime #tds248

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Yesterday's stillness was to pick one of 75 pleasures and  

take time to enjoy it. Show us in a photo

Well I did a few of those things yesterday, but I don't think I paid much heed. I had a better chance this afternoon. A walk, a seat beside the loch, a wee bit of stillness.

I have become a bit more aware about how I am skipping by these chances to quickly. 

I am finding the daily stillness almost always interesting. I don't always respond publicly, sometimes I am too busy, sometimes I want to keep my response to myself. I am particularly enjoying the recycling of the exercises. 

I am reminded of Jin Shengtan's list of 33 happy moments, I've just found these on tumblr but I read them ia an old secondhand book  many years ago.

13.

It has been raining for a whole month and I lie in bed in the morning like one drunk or ill, refusing to get up. Suddenly I hear a chorus of birds announcing a clear day. Quickly I pull aside the curtain, push open a window and see the beautiful sun shining and glistening and the forest looks like it has had a bath.

Ah, is this not happiness?

from: 33 Happy Moments, 13.

@livedtime #tds245 excitment vs stillness

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Take 10 minutes to enjoy the ‘ephemeral absolute’ today. Could you just sit back and enjoy? Did you find yourself getting impatient and wanted to see the next painting and the next and the…? Did you want to break the artist’s intent and get a screenshot of that favourite painting to keep (Disclosure: we nearly took a screenshot for this daily)? So many lessons about how we relate to the impermanence of life in such a simple artistic idea.

from: Ephemeral art for stillness | The Daily Stillness

Géneration ...Etc... This is great. Even before I had got through reading the daily post I was thinking screenshot. 

This is exactly the sort of thing that makes my mind race. 

Before I have watched three images stream by: how is this done, can I do something like it, let's look at the source. 

Not stilling my mind. I pop down to the bins and the newsagents. I am excited, gifs, servers, writing this response. I love being excited by a stream of thoughts and ideas. 

Half way through the hundred yards to the shop I remember that this should be about stillness. Feel my feet, watch my step, breath, follow a crow, smile. A few seconds later I am thinking about thinking, and this post, and my neighbour who passes...

Back in the flat I watch the webpage while coffee boils. Not exactly stillness, but absorbing. Are there patterns? or am I making them up. I like this stuff, maybe I can get it on the big screen at work...

I could save any image by pressing and holding on the iPad. I don't. 

The image with this post is a gif made from a string of imaged generated by Decim8 on my phone. Giffed with a reduction of colours in fireworks. Sort of inspired by the images from Géneration ...Etc...

Slow train coming #tds242 @livedtime

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=z7VYVjR_nwE

I didn't make it very far through this video but I got further than I though I would. There is something nice about watching the world come towards you and pass by. 

I didn't learn to drive until I was 24 and got my first car at 49 so I've spent a fair bit of time as a passenger. This is quite reminiscent of that. The track, like the road markings at night focus and slightly hypnotise your attention. 

I am finding the recycled dailies from @livedtime a very nice thing. Often I read these in the morning but don't follow through, it is good to get another chance. They are also the kind of exercise that can take a bit of repetition.  

How many tabs #tds240 @livedtime

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So the idea was to calm down, stop fruitless multi tasking and get some work done.

Starting by listening to the video in one window while doing something else in another with 30 odd tabs open was probably not the best start:-)

I never did get to one tab. I did pay a wee bit more attention to how many tabs I have open and why. 

Some tabs are open because I'll come back to them.

Some tabs I have open because I want to collect a bunch of links and I have a script for that.

Sometime (quite a lot) I have more than one tab open because I am copying something, like the code for the tweet above into a post.

I am logged into a service I know I'll need later on. I am actioning the mail in one tab in another. I need to read both.

Preview!

I don't think I'll be giving up my tabs too soon, but I found thinking about it interesting.

Command-Shift-\ is a useful safari shortcut:

@livedtime #tds232 taste

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Taste Meditation The Daily Stillness

Wednesday’s task was pretty simple. Or so I though. I read it at breakfast where I didn’t really feel ready to close my eyes. I should have done so as it is the only meal I usually eat alone.

The next time I though about it was looking at my clean plate at the end of dinner. So much for my intention to attention.

Yesterday evening, Friday. I spend a good bit more attention on cooking.

I don’t close my eyes. I do notice the taste to the food, the texture in my mouth, the way flavours mixed, how the wine tasted, the light in the kitchen, the colours of the food, wine, bottle. I listened and watched myself listening and watching my wife.

Number 4 in the list was easy. It does not get better than this.

@livedtime yellow #tds226

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Pick a colour for the day. Notice it anywhere you go. Take photos. Pick the best one to show us. Did you notice that setting an intention to notice something, helped you pay attention and be more aware of your surroundings?

Thursday was a lovely day a bit of frost and a clear sky. unfortunately I was stuck indoors all day. I thought I'd wait till the weekend.

As atonement for not doing it on the right day I decided on yellow as I thought that would be hard.

Saturday started a dreach damp day sleet, rain and wet snow. I still managed to find plenty of yellow.

I love these simple challenges best of all this morning yellow shone out like lights. I didn't even take gave of the opportunities.