Back from some kind of small break, although it’s unclear what that break was and whether I wanted to be on it at all. Break. Brake.
The handsome man next to me on the train yesterday morning was reading this and I found it amusing.
Apparently, “Full engagement means you are physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned.” I think it’s safe to guess that no one on that G train, myself included, was reaching their “full” level of engagement. Luckily we don’t have to guess, because by completing these next 26 questions, I will receive a two-page report on my current level of engagement. Result: I am “seriously disengaged”.
In a recent search for artists whose work in some way relates to overcoming pain I came across this Taiwanese performance artist Tehching Hsieh.
Hsieh is best known for his series of one year performance pieces. In the first work of this series Hsieh lived in a cage for one year without speaking, reading, writing, listening to the radio or watching tv. His mental method of creating space struck me. “In one corner of the bed I make it my home and I create a space that’s bigger, so the other three corners become outdoors. I can be home, go outside, take a walk in the three corners, and then go home.” About enduring the year he says, “All of my thinking went into preparing energy only for one day. Then after I finished one day, I could do another.”