Thursday, July 06, 2017

primordial faith

phenomenology is not a theory, it is a practice
have 'primordial faith' (merleau ponty)

have faith in my own perceptual experience
perceiving is not theoretical

this is just how it is

this is just how I experience it
a primordial dimension of experience

phenomenology does not replace everything that has gone before

it just tests it

phenomenology is lived experience
not denying anything

just clarifying
believing in the world

including myself in the world

not forgetting
letting my heart break
things keep happening

sometimes it is confusing
whenever I don't know what to do

I look at the sky

it is accessible all the time


  1. Couldn't help conflating your post with today's Writer's Almanac poem entitled "Sincerely, the sky"

    1. Hmmm ... this link may work better

  2. Thanks Liz - very much. I copied and pasted the poem you linked to below - am glad to incude it with this post. xoxo

    Sincerely, the Sky
    by David Hernandez

    Yes, I see you down there
    looking up into my vastness.

    What are you hoping
    to find on my vacant face,

    there within the margins
    of telephone wires?

    You should know I am only
    bright blue now because of physics:

    molecules break and scatter
    my light from the sun

    more than any other color.
    You know my variations—

    azure at noon, navy by midnight.
    How often I find you

    then on your patio, pajamaed
    and distressed, head thrown

    back so your eyes can pick apart
    not the darker version of myself

    but the carousel of stars.
    To you I am merely background.

    You barely hear my voice.
    Remember I am most vibrant

    when air breaks my light.
    Do something with your brokenness.

    “Sincerely, the Sky” from Dear Sincerely by David Hernandez, © 2016

  3. There is such a forever-ness to your work, in all directions. Much appreciation & admiration.

  4. had to look up the term phenomenology, beautiful process and sharing and that poem is purrfect!

  5. I had to look up for the term too. I remember studying the concept in my school years but do not remembered anything about it. Thanks for making us think slowly.

  6. an amazing piece of work! I love your prose, I'm a sky watcher

  7. What a beautiful post and resulting conversation here! Judy, I wrote your poem (it is one) in my journal to revisit and understand. It spoke to me in ways I don't quite understand yet. Thank you.

  8. magnificent work.. as always and ...I understand.. sky watching.. I always turn to nature.. it is my constant friend.. x

  9. Sometimes, I cannot find the words to express how beautiful your work is. It always moves me.

  10. Your poem, Judy, and the Hernandez poem give me so much to think about that I have to look up to the sky to find a container expansive enough for all my thoughts.

  11. Another sky poem for you . . . . by Dorianne Laux

    What’s Broken

    The slate black sky. The middle step
    of the back porch. And long ago

    my mother’s necklace, the beads
    rolling north and south. Broken

    the rose stem, water into drops, glass
    knobs on the bedroom door. Last summer’s

    pot of parsley and mint, white roots
    shooting like streamers through the cracks.

    Years ago the cat’s tail, the bird bath,
    the car hood’s rusted latch. Broken

    little finger on my right hand at birth—
    I was pulled out too fast. What hasn’t

    been rent, divided, split? Broken
    the days into nights, the night sky

    into stars, the stars into patterns
    I make up as I trace them

    with a broken-off blade
    of grass. Possible, unthinkable,

    the cricket’s tiny back as I lie
    on the lawn in the dark, my heart

    a blue cup fallen from someone’s hands.

  12. Phenomenology is something I have been doing for about 10 years. I am continuing to learn about these idea of knowing through lived experience - of understanding through the body's movement. There is a new book out on the subject that makes things very clear. Much of this post is derived from my notes on the first two chapters. The title of the book is Modernism and Phenomenology and the author is Ariane Mildenberg.

    It's synchronistic that Pema Chodron's meditation guidance to bodhichitta (having a tender awakened softened heart) meshes well with the practice of phenomenology.

    Thank you very much for your encouragement of my writing. xo

  13. I would just like to add my gratitude for your art, voice, and sharing. Dipping my toes into this wise and vibrant community has been deeply moving. Lori.


Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx