When [Gerard Manley Hopkins]’s heart is ‘stirred’ by the non-‘dangerous’ beauty of the kestrel’s flight (in ‘The Windhover’) and he wishes to grasp it as a whole, he must first discriminate each of its aspects [as in the making of a drawing]: ‘Brute beauty’ and ‘valour’, and ‘act’, ‘air’, ‘pride’, ‘plume’! Only after such an inventory of difference can he gather the bird into one ‘inscape’. This is an effortful thing to do — to turn an object into an authentic symbol by synthesising all its separate qualities into a single whole: it is the most strenuous act of the poetic mind.
all from (the sale at) Wisdom Books
a. Sleepless Nights: Verses for the Wakeful (Wen-Hsiang, tr. Thomas Cleary)
b. Meditations on Living, Dying and Loss: The Essential Tibetan Book of the Dead (ed. Graham Coleman)
c. When Things Fall Apart (Pema Chödrön)
d. Practicing the Jhānas (Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder)
(heart practice and bravery)