#2 In a time of upsetting character allegories about mother!


1. Consider Mr. Rogers. Have  you thought about going to your congressman to fight for something you believe in? Why not? Here's a case study for your consideration:  Mr. Rogers talks about the importance of character.  


2. This is the most bat-shit crazy athletic accomplishment I've ever heard about. How the fuck does one even do this and not shit one's pants and die? How can the rest of us learn from this man's gift of equanimity? Climbing with a mind of meditation might help you rethink what it means to meditate. 



3.  Our creativity helps us be more of who we are. But do all artists have to be out of their goddamn minds as per Darren Aronofsky's latest film, mother! ?

(CxD's official recommendation: go see mother! because it will do powerful, unseemly things to you, but wear a helmet and don't hate me.) 

A different way of asking the same question: Does art require madness, a broken heart, or hate to fuel the creative process? Charles Johnson, winner of most literary prizes under the sun, doesn't think so:

"So I find myself taking the position, that yes, "happy, well-adjusted children" or adults can make great art, especially if they have a spiritual practice that keeps them on an even keel. Guilt and shame are not the only experiences that "bend the soul inward." Therefore, writers need not be attached to either their "wound" or the work it gives rise to. Instead, their work can spring from an abiding peace and feeling of thanksgiving; from the joy to be found in living mindfully and exercising their hard-won skills because exploring the inexhaustible pleasures of the ever-mysterious creative process feels so danged good." Read The Way of the Writer if you're serious about using words as art. 

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