Retrospective 2019-20

This is a look back at was has happened during the week.


Below are this week’s paintings. The flower is from a photo by Emma Taylor (@generativeOD). And the painting with the trees and green moss is from Fermansbo Urskog, which is an old-growth forest.


This week I’ve read The Way of Zen and re-read Tao: The Watercourse Way by Alan Watts. Here and here are my reflections from reading Tao: The Watercourse Way last year. And here is a poem I wrote today, which is inspired by The Way of Zen. Both Zen and Taoism move beyond abstract knowing into direct experiencing of Life itself. Abstractions are like a cup. They reduce experience to units simple enough to comprehend one at a time. But trying to understand Life in terms of words and concepts is like trying to drink water with a fork instead of a cup.

Today I started reading Stephan Harding’s Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia. Stephan Harding makes a distinction between explanation and understanding. Explanation is rational, while understanding is intuitive. For understanding, we need to seek intimacy and connection with what is explained.

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. He shares his reading, book reviews, and learning on his personal blog.

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