We are made of memories and formed by experience. I keep wondering what kind of people we would be, and what kind of world this would be, if when bad things happened we could erase them, or somehow make them sweet.

Sue Halpern considers the implications of MIT’s research into “taking the sting out of bad memories by switching the bad ones with good ones.”

Indeed, “we” are the sum of our experiences and the memories of those experiences, good and bad. As Henry Miller elegantly put it in his meditation on the art of living:

The art of living is based on rhythm — on give and take, ebb and flow, light and dark, life and death. By acceptance of all aspects of life, good and bad, right and wrong, yours and mine, the static, defensive life, which is what most people are cursed with, is converted into a dance, ‘the dance of life’…

Also see neurologist Oliver Sacks on the complexities of memory.

(via explore-blog)

Calm, gleam of your emerald kingdom raising my spirit beyond for perspective,  welcomes a smooth adventure with your golden waves of knowledge and wisdom nurturing the life within…never still, never quiet.

Calm, gleam of your emerald kingdom raising my spirit beyond for perspective,  welcomes a smooth adventure with your golden waves of knowledge and wisdom nurturing the life within…never still, never quiet.