A brief welcome meditation and a short talk on the attitudinal foundations for the Mindfulness Festival at Sapienza University in Rome on September 10, 2017. The video used the Zoom platform so it was not professionally produced.
From the film series by Beau Kerouac benefiting the UK’s Mental Health Foundation. Narrated by Natasha McElhone, an excerpt from Hermann Hesse’s Wanderings: Notes and Sketches. This beautiful quote evokes the longing and the belonging we have to be close to home.
“So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”