From the psychic friends network dept

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Just as I’m en route to this marketplace des idées, I receive from a friend/fellow writer a link to an article about the unfortunate tendency of some folks to try to “relate” to everything new they encounter—or, more troublingly, to try to make the strange new things relate to them. I find it curious when tourists—as opposed to travelers, and herein lies the distinction—search for what’s familiar in a foreign place, or endeavor to make the place fit their idea of what’s “right.”

This article reminds me to strive mightily to be a traveler along this adventure—revving up my “beginner’s mind,” that is, not letting prejudgment and expectation obscure my powers of in-the-moment observation; or put another way, doing my damndest to emulate Lillian Ross, once described by Irving Wallace as “one of the most creative innocent bystanders of our time.”

My favorite bit of the article, from naturalist Edward Abbey: “We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there…We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.”

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One Response to “From the psychic friends network dept”

  1. BK Says:

    So excited about the exploration you’re doing. If anyone can clear her mind and enter with openness to what’s there, it’s you, my friend. I’m looking forward to following your posts and learning about the world through your clear insights.

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