(Video link here.  Every once in a while, we come across a video that acts like meditation…or perhaps you might say, watching it IS a meditation, where we are brought into a moment of illusive awareness. Thich Nath Hanh’s The Great Bell Chant is one; a healer we know assigns it to her patients as a tool for gaining essential perspective.

In Anthony Cerniello‘s beautiful short video, we witness what is nearly impossible to feel or see: a person aging. The changes are so imperceptible (like real life), you have to keep your eyes fixed on her. (We recommend watching with the sound off.)

It is a marvel: we see a child unfold the way Nature does,  as one season quietly transforms into another.

Sally Schneider
Sally Schneider

And in case you’re nervous about the big Reality Sandwiches of aging, dig what Allen Ginsberg had to say when asked “What has remained for you, now at age 70?*

Well, a big pile of books, a big pile of records, a big pile of photographs, a big pile of drawings, a big pile of memories, of friends, imprints of their spirits on my own, imprints of thir breathing and of their minds…

via Kottke; * Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews (Allen Ginsberg)




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