Week 42: Vitality

Re-creating

When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest woods . . . [Henry David Thoreau, “Walking” (1851-60).] A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. [Paul Dudley White] By living vitally, we re-create
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Arts

This subject boasts a wealth of narratives, most of them true, if unembellished by the artist. The character of artists renders fiction unnecessary.
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Amore

This begins with a season, which for want of a better word we might as well call September. It begins with a forest, where the woodchucks woo and leaves wax green and vines entwine like lovers. Try to see it, not with your eyes for they are wise, but see
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Verve – Energy

To go about life with energy and enthusiasm, or verve, is to express spiritual vitality. People who live like this are noticed, and others seek to emulate them. That is because the vital spirit seems to move through them. People desire this, and are drawn to it. More important, living
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Humor

Where you going? I was gonna make espresso. [from the film “Young Frankenstein”] People need to laugh. It relieves the tension of life and energizes us to confront harsh realities again.
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Joy

Joy, bright spark of divinity, daughter of Elysium, fire-inspired we tread thy sanctuary. Thy magic power re-unites all that custom has divided, all men become brothers under the sway of thy gentle wings. [Friedrich von Schiller, “Ode to Joy“] One joy scatters a hundred griefs. [Chinese proverb] The joy of
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Vitality

Wassily Kandinsky, Colorful Life (1907) Many of us live as though we were half asleep. Spiritual vitality is the opposite of that. It is the creative component of spirituality, its strength.
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