#38: Hugging with all your body

The hats are carnivorous, the laziness is rigorous, and the treasures belonged to Chanel.

El Pulpo by Lynnette Shelley

Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

Thich Nhat Hanh on
How to Do ‘Hugging Meditation’

“According to the practice, you have to really hug the person you are holding. You have to make him or her very real in your arms, not just for the sake of appearances, patting him on the back to pretend you are there, but breathing consciously and hugging with all your body, spirit, and heart.
Hugging meditation is a practice of mindfulness.
‘Breathing in, I know my dear one is in my arms, alive. Breathing out, she is so precious to me.’ If you breathe deeply like that, holding the person you love, the energy of your care and appreciation will penetrate into that person and she will be nourished and bloom like a flower.”

How To Learn How To Think
“Multitasking, in short, is not only not thinking, it impairs your ability to think. Thinking means concentrating on one thing long enough to develop an idea about it. Not learning other people’s ideas, or memorizing a body of information, however much those may sometimes be useful. Developing your own ideas. In short, thinking for yourself. You simply cannot do that in bursts of 20 seconds at a time, constantly interrupted by Facebook messages or Twitter tweets, or fiddling with your iPod, or watching something on YouTube.”

How to Be Polite
“Most people don’t notice I’m polite, which is sort of the point. I don’t look polite. I am big and droopy and need a haircut. No soul would associate me with watercress sandwiches.
Still, every year or so someone takes me aside and says,
you actually are weirdly polite, aren’t you?
And I always thrill. They noticed.”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

Hello, scuba spider.
Old-timey music typewriters.
The history of Little Golden Books.
The electric conversations of bacteria.
This guy with the sweaters of all the places.
Stephen Hawking’s productive laziness.
Maor Zabar’s carnivorous plant hats.
The odd jobs of famous writers.
And the treasures of Coco Chanel.

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

Justin Johnson’s shovel guitar.
The unexpected grace of humpback whales dancing.
The birdman of Chennai.
How the tiniest birds survive the winter.
Mesmerizing strobe light sculptures.
And a handy five minute guide to reading music.