A Quick Metaphysical Inventory When Lost (Insomniac City)

We are halfway through Insomniac City, Bill Hayes revelatory memoir of his love affairs with the late, astonishing Oliver Sacks AND New York City, which comes across as a deeply complex and generous being. Though there will be much to write about when we are done, on the eve of this new week we are struck by Hayes’ lovely practice for when he needs to take stock and center himself:

Then I did something I do when I maybe I feel a little lost or need to remind myself of exactly where I am in my life: I sort of clear away the junk and do a quick metaphysical inventory:

‘Consciousness that this is a planet’, I whispered to myself, ‘and of the sky and the clouds…

‘Consciousness that I am lucky to be here.

‘Consciousness that I got myself here.

‘Consciousness that I am thankful.

 

 

Hayes’ quick, private, metaphysical inventory does indeed clear away the junk…

perfect for when…

…we are feeling a little lost…

or need to remind ourselves where we are in life…

 

 

With deep gratitude to M.E. a reader who has led us to many perfect books…

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