Over the years, artist-scientist Thomas Ashcraft has made artful iterations of a message that we’ve found deeply heartening. Especially so now, in this anxious time…Read More
A few days ago, Yoko Ono posted this remarkable message on her instagram, a perfect New Year’s wish. We’ve found some compelling images to go with it, and Ono’s spare, powerful recording of “Imagine”.Read More
The past week or so, the same message arrived through a variety of sources: in an email sent by a friend, a poem stumbled on on instagram, a notice of a museum exhibition…Read More
When we saw this image from New Orleans-based filmmaker Garrett Bradley, we thought: that is a perfect exhortation to start the day. Then we read THIS:Read More
Recently, I revisited the remarkable sign that waits at the threshold of Omega Institute’s serene meditation space in the woods, to ponder a single word…Read More
The messages on the shoelaces of the guy sitting across from me ready “Do I love you?
Do I lust you?” Yeah! Where could I find shoelaces that really said something?
In the course of a week, we came across some extraordinary writings secreted in the most unlikely places, in plain site.Read More
Beyond notions of “better vibe”, there are some very good reasons to impose a “shoes-off policy” at home, including the mighty scary ones we’ve just discovered…Read More
Upon hearing the news of Mary Oliver’s passing, I found myself grateful for the potent little instructions for living she gave us.Read More
Brian Eno’s original set of handwritten oblique strategies cards designed to break creative impasses made us wonder about making our own…Read More
A 2-line to-do list and a Marc Johns drawing made us think hard about the different kinds of personal flight.Read More
Artist Barbara Kruger’s iconic 1990 mural is an artwork for today, and offers an essential lesson about difficult questions.Read More
The great Mister Rogers who lived in the neighborhood where the Saturday’s heartbreaking shooting took place, had much to say about how to navigating darkness.Read More
Some of the best blessings, benedictions and well-wishes we know can be found in Irish poet John O’Donohue’s book, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, like this one for an ordinary day.Read More
Artist and renown educator Sister Corita Kent’s 1977 series around the theme of ‘the moment’ makes a heartening meditation…Read More
Yesterday morning, just as the guy working on the scaffolding on my terrace crashed his boot through my window, shattering the glass, I discovered Improvised Life was down.
For all who hit a with a blank screen, a rolling beach ball or the terrible message that Improvised Life could not be found, I apologize for the mishap, a technical glitch that took several hours to resolve.
It was one of those days, with all manner of things going awry and a fine lesson.Read More
In this unique view of constraints, not having enough —money, help, whatever— can be a good thing…Read More
At the height of a crisis, a friend sent us this hugely helpful excerpt from Jack Kornfield’s wise book about becoming at ease with the difficulties of life.Read More