Reading: The guidance of an older brother

A perspective on the art of reading

Reading is about possibility. Reading is about looking at a set of things that might happen to you so that you know what to expect when it does. A book says, ‘If you take a left and follow the river, there might be a cliff side. Here’s how you might go about getting down it.’

Reading is merely about identifying what to expect, and then bringing that foresight into the world of experience subtly.

A common fear is that if you read, it will take the magic out of the discovery. This is a false fear. Reading brings another perspective to the discovery. There is the feeling of discovery, which is magical. There is the unknown. And there is what you were expecting to experience. These three will never truly match up completely. If seemingly they do, then it is not difficult to add the magic back in. Anyone who has ever had a conversation in ‘gibberish’ with someone knows this.*

Going into the new year, consider reading as a mentorship from an older sibling: ‘This is what I’ve seen. This is what you might expect to see. This is how you might go about dealing with it. Take it or leave it!’


-Ben

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*If you don’t know this, then try it: Have a conversation with someone in gibberish, not thinking about the words, no filtering, just simply saying whatever comes to your head. Let the gibberish speak for you. The conversation topic can be about whatever you want. It will change your perspective on interaction.

City of Wind

My heels dig into the ground.
You stand over me like a taunting mist.
I walk, you stroll,
I stop, you groan.

I tell you that I’ll never stop ’till my last breathe…
You take it out of me.
Yet I still stand,
Smiling into this white light

Now is live or die
And it won’t last forever.

So I dig my heels into the ground,
One step at a time
I carry onward.


-Ben

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Photography by Essow Kedelina

Tunnel of Fate

Biting the sides of gums until they bleed,
Barely breathing.
My knees are tapping like a Royal rodent’s limp.

Stiff backed rage tries to leave
My lips,
Tether them together
And simply simply stare red-eyed

Into the tunnel of fate

To seethe production, redemption from regular habit;
Parallel disassociation that blends
Like a thick painful smoke
That kin breathe together.

My legs would take me away for the horizon,
In green where winds blow smooth and wild,
Carrying blessings through blossomed doors from open hearts.

The world would seem a little less Grey that day…
A stream of water to be,
No more volcanoes.

The Truth

Act,
React,
Where’s the fine line of truth in-between
The walls of the seed of decision
That separates the large from the lean
The buildings from the trees,
Where creativity was born.

No man is an island…

Looking for womb
In natural alcohols
Pollutants in disguise as progress or necessity,
In truth
Let it rest, let it be
Nothing can hide for long.

What is truth?

Truth is what you need,
Not what you want,
The line is fine;
Mostly hypnotised .

A moment happens to all,
Not eventually,
Eternity.
Even if it be in the time of our passing,

Although never found,
Always realised.


-Ben

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Book of the day #10: Still The Mind

IMG_0634Constant thoughts, constant distractions; wired on adrenaline. Some of us are driven to madness by the constant dopamine rush, the need for more. Alan Watts brings us a remedy to that via trains of thought like no other.

A man gifted with his words, the likes of which the world has never seen before: Alan brings us a refreshing perspective on the nature of life, the universe, and everything in his own signature humorous manner..

A small book, it could easily be read in a day. However Alan’s words will undoubtedly take you to places that you have never been before. Revelation after revelation will take time to digest, and there is no better man to take on that journey than Mr Watts himself.


-Ben

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Book of the day #9: This is a Voice

IMG_0614We all have a voice. We use it every day to communicate ourselves, to get things done, to leave our mark upon the world. Because it is just that: uniquely ours. Every single voice is the unique expression of that individual soul, and because of that it is very personal to us.

So… Why not learn how to use it properly?

This book details, through 99 separate exercises, how to effectively understand and utilise your voice’s capacity for full expression, in a variety of contexts. Whether you’re a singer, an actor, a corporate exec, or just someone looking to sound more powerful, this book has got you covered.

In a day an age where we use our voices almost excessively throughout the day, it has never been more beneficial to learn how to use it effectively.


-Ben

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