A Window is Where the Wall is Absent

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cooking Noodles

I was standing at the sink watching the water pour into a pot for boiling noodles. I stood there looking intently for a good sixty seconds or longer as it was a large pot. The pot did not move. The water did move. What moves and what doesn't move?

Something about the stock-still pot and the rushing water from the tap and the two mixed together stayed with me and kept coming back to mind. So it seemed like synchronicity when the next day I chanced on these words: "Aristotle defines space to be an immovable vessel, in which things are contained." Space is the pot and everything else is the water. Why does this matter? Why does seeing this make life feel worth living? What moves and what doesn't move?

Emerson talks about the "meadow of space, strown with these flowers we call suns, and moons, and stars." Maybe there is a field of clarity strewn with moods, and emotions, and the flux of everything. The unmoving canvas beneath the swirls of paint, the unmoving screen beneath the flicker of images, the unmoving stage beneath the dancer's feet, the unmoving silence beneath the waves of noise, and the unmoving now beneath the permutations of time, are the presence of that which neither arises nor passes away, but is more real than bricks.

I'm seasick with motion unbalanced by stillness. Or I'm lost in stillness detached from motion. But this improbable union of that which moves and that which doesn't makes delicious noodles.

4 comments:

roseduncan said...

Stillness, isn't that what we hope for whenever we meditate. Sometimes I actually get close. . .never thought of it as I was boiling water to make pasta before, now I'll have to. Nice.

Cindy said...

Delicious noodles!! Fantastic gathering of views. I love it.

Todd Wright said...

You know I don't like Aristotle but this is a great piece of writing.

Colleen Loehr said...

Thanks Todd. I don't know much about Aristotle, but I've been interested in what I've learned about him from your writing.

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