Monday, April 17
THIS WEEK’S LESSON
“Temporary blissful centerings”
Wayne Booth, a professor of rhetoric at University of Chicago, called these moments “temporary blissful centerings,” and at the end of his life he made a list of the times he had experienced such moments. Here are a few of the things he wrote.
- “Cuddling a newborn child or grandchild”
- “Playing games — with children, with friends, with anybody who is fully engaged with the game”
- “Listening to powerful music”
“Playing music, the supreme bliss”
- “Reading any novel or poem slowly, deliciously, totally absorbed”
- “Looking at a flower, or a shimmering lake, or a magnified photo of an insect, or a rainbow flash from a prism, feeling a flood of gratitude”
- “Lighting a well-laid fire … staring at the flames as they mount”
- If you were to make a list of “blissful centerings,” what would you include?