Remember the here and now

Remember the here and now

This lovely poem by Kevin Crossley-Holland recalls a first moment of mindfulness, of zooming in on a moment with the aim of remembering.  I do this from time to time, during precious moments: slow it down, stop and savour it consciously.  Such a moment came...
Past into future

Past into future

I love images of bringing the past, at least in its positive manifestations, into the present and future. Nicolson provides us with a couple of fine similes, and I particularly like his earth-digging, tilth-making metaphor.  But here now, maybe, there was something...
The inner instinct of memory

The inner instinct of memory

A surprising interpretation of remembering and forgetting by Stefan Zweig, attributing them to an instinctive filter choosing or discarding what sticks in the memory.  It’s particularly touching because the book which features this idea was a huge act of...
Of place and memory

Of place and memory

I had never realised that this is perhaps an article of faith with me until I read of Nicolson’s belief in place as a repository of memory.  I remember stepping into a house beautiful in its architecture, position, layout and furnishings, but so steeped in...
Memory in triplicate

Memory in triplicate

I liked this pithy analysis by Vico, which could serve as an exercise in imagination training: take a memory, describe it as a realistically as you can, then alter or imitate it in some form, then give it a new turn by placing it in a relationship to other things....

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