The immeasurable measurabilty of the immeasurable

//The immeasurable measurabilty of the immeasurable

The immeasurable measurabilty of the immeasurable

First entry of this « new » month, which follows what seemed like the endless month of March. From here, I have no view of that long-ago beginning.
Yet month to month, moment to moment, « life » is undivided, neither fast or slow or endless. Lunch in the sun on a café terrace in the boulevard Montparnasse had it’s « length » in the measure of the hours today, sure. But how to measure the angle of my husband’s head bent over the menu, the waiter’s laugh, my son’s fork, welcome sips of icy San Pellegrino, the tang of salmon tartare and its pink design with leafy salad shades of green and purple, a crust of bread, a crumb, a grain of salt, a dash of black pepper freshly ground?
And at the same time… O world! A slice of lemon at my table is included with bombs and rebels and protests, basketball games and car races, movie reviews, shopping lists and stock charts, friends expecting babies, the tan cat in the verdant garden, leaks of radiation into the sea. Waves wash up here. The shore is at my feet.
One thing I can say, my hard-won « knowledge » from the infinite joys and despairs of ongoing experience: I can only encounter the immeasurable in the measurable.

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:18+01:00 avril 2nd, 2011|Textes|2 Comments

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Enseignante Zen et poète, Sensei Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell est née et a grandi à Minneapolis, aux Etats-Unis. Arrivée en France en 1981 pour étudier la littérature et l’histoire, elle y est restée, s’installant à Paris, où elle élève ses deux enfants et gagne sa vie en tant que journaliste. The Zen teacher and poet Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist.


  1. Tu es cela 4 avril 2011 at 12 h 05 min - Reply

    I don’t know. I try to just sit, to not move from this moment, which is endlessly moving.

  2. little white cloud 4 avril 2011 at 0 h 38 min - Reply

    is that the big difference between concentration-meditation and awarenes-meditation?

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