Consolations

WORDS: Beginning by David Whyte

September 17, 2018

From Consolations Beginning well or beginning poorly, what is important is simply to begin, but the ability to  make a good beginning is also an art form.  Beginning well involves a clearing away of the crass, the irrelevant, and the complicated to find the beautiful, often hidden lineaments of the essential and the necessary. Beginning is difficult, and our procrastination is a fine ever-present measure of our reluctance in taking that first close-in, courageous step to reclaiming our happiness.  Perhaps, because taking a new step always leads to a kind of radical internal simplification, where, suddenly, very large parts of us, parts of us we have kept gainfully employed for years, parts of us still rehearsing the old complicated [...]

WORDS: Alone by David Whyte

September 10, 2018

From Consolations Alone is a word that stands by itself, carrying the austere, solitary beauty of its own meaning even as it is spoken to another.  It is a word that can be felt at the same time as an invitation to depth and as an imminent threat, as in “all alone,” with its returned echo of abandonment.  “Alone” is a word that rings with a strange finality, especially when contained in that haunting aggregate, “left all alone,” as if the state once experienced begins to define and engender its own inescapable world.  The first step in spending time alone is to admit how afraid of it we are. Being alone is a difficult discipline: a beautiful and difficult sense of being solitary is always the ground from which we step into a [...]