Further Reading - 28th July 2014

Happy Monday lovely humans! Here's what I've been loving lately. 

My dear friend Janine (she blogged wonderfully for me here) shared some insights this week on the counter-incantation, "No brighter future." Inspired by a typically mind-stretching essay by John Michael Greer on the Archdruid Report, this post is an eloquent protest against the siren call of progress, a stiff middle finger to the promise that the future will be rosy, and all we need to do is sit back and keep buying stuff until it arrives. From an ecological perspective, "no brighter future" is an ominously certainty, but I also find it to be a useful personal reminder that there is no future, only the present moment. Be in it, or be nowhere! Very Zen.

And here's the Archdruid's original post on the subject. 

You know I firmly believe that creative practice is a critical ingredient for a meaningful life (you can find my own series of creativity posts here). I also find Courtney Carver's thoughtful work to be a critical ingredient to helping me make my life more meaningful. Imagine my excitement, then, to read her take on the creative life, and why it is so important for us to overcome our fear and get those juices flowing. If that doesn't get you to pick up your camera, your paintbrush, your pen, I don't know what will!

I really love this post from Shelley of Sparrow Tarot about two tarot readers with two very different approaches, who come away from a reading with essentially the same message. Part of the joy of the tarot community is that everyone brings their own unique approach and methodology, but rarely do we have the opportunity to see two approaches in action with the same question! 

Finally, a confession. I've been spending way too much time this week playing a computer game (I know, I know, "who are you, and what have you done with Marianne?"). "Playing" isn't exactly the right word for it though, because in David OReilly's Mountain, literally the only thing you can do is watch. Mountain is an exercise in surrender, in observation. It challenges you to practice suspending judgement, to resist the urge to perfect, to correct, to explain. Objects will land on your mountain. Your mountain will experience weather. Sometimes it will speak to you. And that's about it. It's really, very cool. Here's the review that sold me - see if it sucks you in, too!

What's been floating your boat this week? Any reading you recommend? Share with me in the comments!

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