― Christian Wiman
Word of the Week: INHABIT
The word, read this morning in Maria Popova's Brain Pickings article about Alan Watts and the antidote for anxiety, suggested to me aspects of comfort and ease, shoes off, shoulders relaxed, what my son calls "chilling," being at home, being home.
|Artist Kate Pugsley's woman, I believe, inhabits that coat as I once did a cardigan.|
Being present requires inhabiting the moment. I can't even bear the phrase multi-tasking, let alone the practice of it. Distracted and divided, how do we inhabit, for which we need the whole of us and not fragments, parts that can be spared from what seems more important. I know a number of friends with whom I talk on the phone are otherwise engaged while we converse. I don't take it personally, it is the way of things. But without being here, how do we claim the territory of our lives? Like homesteaders, we have to be on the land to call it ours. I will think further about the dimensions of inhabiting, the ways in which it demands a wholeness, an entirety, an awareness focused only on now.
The scope of the Brain Pickings article is much broader than this week's word, though they share the same road. I love being in a world where wisdom lingers behind a headline, behind the columns in the parking garage, waiting to entice me with its eternal shiny newness, adjusting my perception.