Meditation for Saturday of Week 37 in the season of Fulfillment:   

Simplicity

Claude Monet, The Japanese Bridge (The Water Lily Pond) (1897)

Home may not have been a simple place but because we learned our earliest lessons there, they may seem the simplest. I grew up on a dairy farm, the son of a farmer and his wife: it was a traditional family of the American Midwest, and by comparison to my life since a model of simplicity. After many years practicing law on Wall Street, my father’s dairy farm seems a long way off.

Many of us travel far from our homes. The physical journey is the lesser of the two. Sometimes we can profit from a return home to recall simple things.

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REAL

True Narratives

  • Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854).
Japanese culture emphasizes simplicity in many of its art forms.

Technical and Analytical Readings

Emphasizing simplicity, Wabi Sabi is prominent in Zen Buddhism.

Documentary and Educational Films

Imaginary

Fictional Narratives

Mark Reibstein, Wabi Sabi (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2008).

Visual Arts

Music: songs and other short pieces

Poetry

In keeping with the principle of simplicity, here is a single link for Haiku poets, followed by some links for books of Haiku poetry:

Music: Composers, artists, and major works

  • Traditional Japanese music for solo stringed instruments: Koto
  • Traditional Chinese music for solo stringed instruments: Pipa (hear also Wu Man), Zheng, RuanYang-qin
  • Composed to assist congregants in singing hymns, Anthoni van Noordt’s seventeenth-century organ works (particularly his Tablature Book of Psalms and Fantasias [1659]) are simple, even sparse. Yet they leave the listener satisfied and wanting more.

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Space and Time

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