Via Jay Winston
on Oct 5, 2010
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The soothing sanity and blitheness of completion,
The pomp and hurried contest-glare and rush are done;
Now triumph! transformation! jubilate!
Walt Whitman

In the Autumn of 1985, I saw Stanley Jordan, the jazz guitar player, in Boston, and his opening act was a comedian who poked fun at people driving around New England looking at “foliage.” What they were going to so much effort to see, he pointed out, was nothing but decay and death…which is true, in a way.

Ya gotta admit, though, those leaves know how to go out in style….

Let it loose, let it all come down….
the Stones

That in mind, this could be a good time to look at some things that keep hanging on, but just might be ready to drop off and die: old hatreds, maybe, or unrequited loves and lusts, old anger, old sadness, old wounds, old frustrations and disappointments, old wanting, old losing, old getting, old insults and resentments, old flattery, old thoughts, old beliefs, old masks, old lies…to let it all out in glorious color, watch it fall and turn to mulch….

*adapted from an earlier version at Yoga for Cynics*


About Jay Winston

Jay S. Winston, founder and proprietor of Yoga for Cynics (http://yogaforcynics.blogspot.com), has a PhD in English, making him the kind of doctor who, in case of life-threatening emergency, can explain Faulkner while you die, is currently (semi-)(un-)employed as a freelance writer and editor, teaches creative writing to homeless men, tutors recovering addicts in reading, was recently certified as a Kripalu yoga teacher, gets around mostly by bicycle, is trying to find an agent for his novel, resides in the bucolic Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, State of Mildly Inebriated Samadhi, U.S.A. and, like most people who bike and practice yoga, used to live in Boulder.


3 Responses to “Falling…”

  1. I don't know what I enjoyed more, the article or the biography of the writer. Bravo!

  2. macy Starz says:

    Love the Faulkner reference. How do I reach him, should I die? Seriously though, I have recently fallen in love. Fallen in love with a man who is has been seperated for a while and going through a divorce. He still clings to the past and is afraid of repeating mistakes. He can't let go, because accepting failure is diffucult and his biggest fear of the last 10 years was losing his wife. I hope the old dies off for him, but he still clings.

  3. Wonderful and exactly what I needed to hear… let some things just fall away like leaves… reminds me of Ike Turner 🙂