A friend asked me the other day.. what was I reading, I replied I was reading the Jewish Pleasure Principle by Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka. “No, that isn’t what I meant, aren’t you reading a “real” book”
Now having known this friend a long time I knew what she meant, she was asking if I was reading a “leisure” book, to her the hardcover, was not “leisure” but a text-book. A publication that speaks of formulating a Judaic approach to pleasure,attitudes to suffering, depression and mourning etc.was not her idea of “leisure”.
However the reading of a good stimulating journal that explores and attempts to put balanced perspective through an investigation of primary sources, to me…. is interesting and I enjoy my discoveries. Pleasure itself cn be viewed within the framework of the totality of life. As a writer, I thrive on reading what someone else has put to paper, especially on topics that I find thought-provoking and interesting.
Yes I do enjoy a good novel, where the settings are exotic, or can stimulate the gray cells into providing me a dreamy far away place where the drama of someone’s life unfolds, casts a spell and has me in that world for days until the story ends.
I had an interesting conversation with a young lady the other night, she boldly talked to me about intimate moments in her life, and I took it in and listened. She spoke of loneliness and I flashed back to my younger years, we all live the same emotions in our own way. We are not all story tellers, but we are characters in or own “stories” (lives). How we play out our days, and create our endings… now that is another story.
oh…what a find the perfect place to be…………….uh huh….. not for me…. what….. the water, the privacy the quiet cabin in the woods by a lake.. nope…. I would find this stifling, I wouldn’t like the dampness, or the bugs.
No, this is for me, open, bright, small, with just enough place for 1 maybe 2, but up near the clouds where the mind can explore and where sight and sound have no bounderies. oh man…………….yesssss
Wherever you are today, whatever you are doing…. enjoy …. take it in…. make it yours…..
Take pleasure to another level, share.
Namaste – Oyashikiri