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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Wednesday Writing Assignment
Brevity is beautiful edition

I wrote a long paper over the weekend, the culminating project for my shiatsu studies. I'm low on words now, having used most of them up.

Listening to a beautiful meditation CD by Thich Nhat Hanh, I'm sometimes unable to understand his gentle Vietnamese accent. He twice says one particular word that slips past my comprehension. In the following sentence, please fill in what you think the great teacher might be saying, or what you might say yourself. If so inspired, please elaborate on your sentence.

To me, a tree is as beautiful as a __________.


Blogger Eric said...

"To me, a tree is as beautiful as a forest of trees."

What I mean is that a singular beautiful thing is, to me, perfect; that abundance is sometimes a blessing but is not essential; that sometimes beauty multiplied times itself does not expand but actually diminishes.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

"To me, a tree is as beautiful as the idea of a tree."

In honor of romanticizing everything, even while it's going on; holding on to the sensation of "tree" when there are none in sight; the way an individual's experiences influence what she sees; all the famous fictional trees in art and literature; the tree of which you're thinking versus the tree of which I'm thinking.

11:54 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

"To me, a tree is as beautiful as a home."

Trees are tall and majestic, but comforting; they are great providers (oxygen, homes for animals, shade, wood, paper, inspiration, food); and they are cool and green and lovely. Noble.

1:52 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

By the way, I've figured out what Thich Nhat Hanh is saying: To me, a tree is as beautiful as a cathedral.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous jimmie_t said...

i couldn't understand that word either.. i was listening this morning and it sounded like catter - roll.. then i heard cabage roll.. but it's CATHEDRAL!!
thanks for the gift of understanding that you gave me today! a tree is as beautiful as a Cathedral!

11:52 AM  

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