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October 6th, 2005

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03:20 pm
I need the secular equivalent of a monastery or something, where you go and you meditate and write and do some chores, and they feed you and give you a spot to sleep. The problem is of course, if you're not doing it for the glory of some god, funding becomes an immediate issue.

A vow of mostly silence wouldn't hurt either.

Thinking and writing and looking at stuff. That's when I'm happiest.

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Date:October 6th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
Buddhist retreats aren't exactly nonreligious. But I found the three-day silent retreat I did at Cloud Mountain amazingly useful.
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Date:October 6th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted to go to Hedgebrook.

Then again-- "In exchange for room and board, each resident is asked to be the best writer she can be while she is with us." If by some bizarre chance I got in, I would probably go out of my gourd trying to be the best writer I could be.
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Date:October 6th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
Now I'm picturing you emerging all frazzled from your cabin at the end of two months with one lone haiku. But it's a damn good haiku! :)
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Date:October 6th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
Your faith in my haiku-writing ability is touching, but misplaced. :)
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Date:October 7th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
This is probably a dumb question, but what's the necessary difference between life now and a secular monastery? Is it the silence? Or being expected to write and meditate? Being part of a community devoted to meditating and writing? Do you need time? Or a firm schedule? Or is it something else?
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Date:October 7th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)

Not a dumb question at all, actually one I ask myself a lot

In this case is is money, mostly. A job, or rather, not needing to have one so that I can be paid and thus pay my debts in turn...

I'm leaning on the traditional notion where the organization sees after basic life and shelter needs, thus freeing me from having to have a job. I would expect to be expected to help maintain the infrastructure by doing chores of one sort or another, but not for 1/3rd of each day, half my waking life. In a religious setting, this works because of donations and how it's all for the higher glory. Without a higher glory, though, I'm suddenly back to "you can't eat a glide" (which in spite of all the ascension and allegory was the only thing I took away from Jonathan Livingston Seagull when I read it as a child: his father's ultra-practical chastisement).

Dionysus has my heart, but Apollo has my pocketbook, apparently.
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Date:October 7th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)

Re: Not a dumb question at all, actually one I ask myself a lot

Funny this comes up, btw; I've been keeping the Hermit card in mind lately.
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Date:October 7th, 2005 09:00 am (UTC)
Does anyone still live in communes? I've always wanted to live on one and card wool or something.

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