Saturday, March 15, 2008
Food from China
I've been stalking the back streets of shanghai again, where old traditions mix freely with new ones.
For example, the design of the baskets this woman is using to present her vegetables--as well as the beautiful radial symmetry of presentation- probably haven't changed much in over two thousands years, maybe even more, but it's reasonably certain she has a cell phone in her back pocket.
The markets here present, as all markets do, an impression of glorious abundance. They also invite, however, the dangerous practice of taking it all for granted, instead of inspiring a conservative gratitude more appropriate to what it costs other organisms--and the planet itself--to bring us the food we eat.
Yesterday I had a wonderful meeting with some very sincere folks here in China who share an active interest in the Gurdjieff ideas.
They have a Gurdjieff web site in Chinese. I'll be posting a link to it later.
It was heartening to meet people on the other side of the world who share our interest in the ideas and practices of this work. They've managed to connect with it despite considerable language obstacles and what amounts to complete isolation from the formal organization, which is a feat in itself and bespeaks the level of their interest.
The work is, indeed, everywhere--but above all, it is within us.
may your roots find water, and your leaves know sun.