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Amori Moderni

Due ragazze in metropolitana:

“(…) e allora gli ho detto che vado a Segrate a prendermi il biglietto e poi lo rivendo, perché con lui non ci voglio proprio andare!”

“Ma perché avete litigato?”

Perché abbiamo litigato, abbiamo litigato perché…… boh vabbe’, comunque con lui non ci vado.”


Il cielo è di tutti

Qualcuno che la sa lunga
mi spieghi questo mistero:
il cielo è di tutti gli occhi
di ogni occhio è il cielo intero.

È mio, quando lo guardo.
È del vecchio, del bambino,
del re, dell’ortolano,
del poeta, dello spazzino.

Non c’è povero tanto povero
che non ne sia il padrone.
Il coniglio spaurito
ne ha quanto il leone.

Il cielo è di tutti gli occhi,
ed ogni occhio, se vuole,
si prende la luna intera,
le stelle comete, il sole.

Ogni occhio si prende ogni cosa
e non manca mai niente:
chi guarda il cielo per ultimo
non lo trova meno splendente.

Spiegatemi voi dunque,
in prosa od in versetti,
perché il cielo è uno solo
e la terra è tutta a pezzetti.

(Gianni Rodari)

Apple Meditation

Take an apple out of your refrigerator. Any apple will do. Wash it. Dry it. Before taking a bite, pause for a moment. Look at the apple in your palm and ask yourself: When I eat an apple, am I really enjoying eating it? Or am I so preoccupied with other thoughts that I miss the delights that the apple offers me?

If you are like most of us, you answer yes to the second question much more often than the first. For most of our lives, we have eaten apple after apple without giving it a second thought. Yet in this mindless way of eating, we have denied ourselves the many delights present in the simple act of eating an apple. Why do that, especially when it is so easy to truly enjoy the apple?

The first thing is to give your undivided attention to eating the apple. When you eat the apple, just concentrate on eating the apple. Don’t think of anything else. And most important, be still. Don’t eat the apple while you are driving. Don’t eat it while you are walking. Don’t eat it while you are reading. Just be still. Being focused and slowing down will allow you to truly savor all the qualities the apple offers: its sweetness, aroma, freshness, juiciness, and crispness.

Next, pick up the apple from the palm of your hand and take a moment to look at it again. Breathe in and out a few times consciously to help yourself focus and become more in touch with how you feel about he apple. Most of the time, we barely look at the apple we are eating. Grab it, take a bite, chew it quickly, and then swallow. This time, take note: What kind of apple is it? What color is it? How does it feel in our hand? What does it smell like? Going through these thoughts, you will begin to realize that the apple is not simply a quick snack to quiet a rumbling stomach. It is something more complex, something part of a greater whole.

Then, give the apple a smile and, slowly, take a bite, and chew it. Be aware of your in-breath and out-breath a few times to help yourself concentrate solely on eating the apple: what it feels like in your mouth; what it tastes like; what it’s like to chew and swallow it. There is nothing else flling your mind as you chew—no projects, no deadlines, no worries, no “to do” list, no fears, no sorrow, no anger, no past, and no future.

There is just the apple.

When you chew, know what you are chewing. Chew slowly and completely, twenty to thirty times for each bite. Chew consciously, savoring the taste of the apple and its nourishment, immersing yourself in the experience 100 percent. This way, you really appreciate the apple as it is. And as you become fully aware of eating the apple, you also become fully aware of the present moment. You become fully engaged in the here and now. Living in the moment, you can really receive what the apple offers you, and you become more alive.

By eating the apple this way, truly savoring it, you have a taste of mindfulness, the state of awareness that comes from being fully immersed in the present moment. Letting go for those few short minutes and living in the here and now, you can begin to sense the pleasure and freedom from anxiety that a life lived in mindfulness can offer.

Beyond the health benefits and pleasure an apple can provide, when we view the apple on an even grander scale we can see it as a representative of our cosmos. Look deeply at the apple in your hand and you see the farmer who tended the apple tree; the blossom that became the fruit; the fertile earth, the organic material from decayed remains of prehistoric marine animals and algae, and the hydrocarbons themselves; the sunshine, the clouds, and the rain. Without the combination of these far-reaching elements and without the help of many people, the apple would simply not exist.

At its most essential, the apple you hold is a manifestation of the wonderful presence of life. It is interconnected with all that is. It contains the whole universe; it is an ambassador of the cosmos coming to nourish our existence. It feeds our body, and if we eat it mindfully, it also feeds our soul and recharges our spirit.

Eating an apple consciously is to have a new awareness of the apple, of our world, and of our own life. It celebrates nature, honoring what Mother Earth and the cosmos have offered us. Eating an apple with mindfulness is a meditation and can be deeply spiritual. With this awareness and insight, you begin to have a greater feeling of gratitude for and appreciation of the food you eat, and your connection to nature and all others in our world. As the apple becomes more real and vibrant, your life becomes more real and vibrant. Savoring the apple is mindfulness at work.

And it is mindfulness that will help you reconnect with yourself and become healthier in mind, body, and spirit now and in the future.

~  Thich Nhat Hanh


«Le nozze gay sono solo una questione di tempo. La prossima generazione neppure si porrà il problema. Andrà così».

L’infinita tristezza di vivere in un Paese in cui 9/10 della politica si fanno superare sulla destra da Brad Pitt.

Il resto dell’intervista è qui.

Il mondo deve sapere!!!

…che si pubblicano libri come questo.


Riporto integralmente la descrizione pubblicata su Amazon:

“Nearly 2000 years ago, The Kama Sutra was written by an unusually flexible Hindu named Vatsyayana. Little could this great man have known that his detailed descriptions of lovemaking would not only become the world’s best-known sex manual, but eventually give birth to the chiropractic industry.

Today, Vatsyayana’s work is being carried on by Barack Obama, who made history not for being the first Black President (an honor enjoyed by Bill Clinton), but for being the first President elected solely on the basis of sexual magnetism. Young, liberal, and open-minded voters didn’t need a wink or a nudge to understand the bedroom connotations of “Yes We Can” or that “Hope and Change” was a thinly veiled reference to changing sexual positions. And “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” might as well have been an engraved invitation to an orgy.

The Obama Sutra takes the words and deeds of Barack Obama and translates them into text and appropriately half-black, half-white illustrations which will allow adventurous lovers of all political persuasions to achieve the “57 States of Ecstasy” promised by the President.

Pleasurable positions include “The Audacity of Soap,” “Leading from Behind,” “Fast and Furious,” “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” “If You Like It, You Can Keep It,” “Piece Prize,” “Stimulus Package,” and many, many more.

Whether you agree with Barack Obama’s politics or not, you must admit that no one has done more to arouse passions in living memory. No one has inspired more leg thrills and moans of satisfaction from the media. And no one has left so many Americans feeling screwed in such a wide variety of ways.”

E’ tutto vero! Potete controllare qui.

Mai più senza.

Rehab 4 – Rebound

Il terzo giorno, la bastarda comincia ad avere paura.
Ha sentito l’ufficiale giudiziario avvicinarsi con la notifica di sfratto, e tenta di barricarsi in casa.
Mi sveglio con la sensazione tipica, di coltellata alle spalle, che precede l’attacco di cervicale. La bastarda attacca sempre nello stesso punto, normalmente sotto la spalla destra, in un muscolo che si accartoccia formando una specie di gnocco duro. Poi lo gnocco comincia a tirare tutti i muscoli che gli stanno intorno e io rimango dolorante, semicieca e priva di senso dell’equilibrio per due giorni almeno.
Questa volta lo gnocco è a sinistra, nel punto perfettamente speculare al solito, evento raro ma capace di evocare la Madre di Tutte le Cervicali con efficacia equipollente.
Io sto male ma ridacchio, e con l’occhio strizzato porto lo gnoccolone alla morte.
Hasta la vista, baby.

“I changed the course of…

“I changed the course of human history!”
“That’s right.”
“I changed the universe!”
“You did.”
“I’m God!”
“You’re an atheist.”
“I don’t exist!”

Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close