|Saturday January 5, 2013 - a day of indulgences. |
So far this trip has been one long indulgence and battle with temptation. It's that time of year and being in Paris isn't helping one bit. Every which way you turn is temptation.
|Hell and paradise at the same time. |
I was beginning to feel quite overhelmed by it all. Then I came across a quote from George Saunders' book of essays, The Braindead Megaphone and I was saved (I hope).
|“The mind is a machine that is constantly asking: |
What would I prefer?
|Close your eyes, refuse to move, and watch what your mind does.What it does is become discontent with That Which Is.|
|A desire arises, you satisfy that desire, and another arises in its place.|
|This wanting and rewanting is an endless cycle for which, turns out, there is already a name: samsara.|
|Samsara is at the heart of the vast human carnival: greed, neurosis, mad ambition, adultery, crimes of passion, the hacking to death of a terrified man on a hillside in the name of A More Pure And Thus Perfect Nation--|
|And all of this takes place because we believe we will be made happy once our desires have been satisfied.|
|I know this. But still I'm full of desire... |
from "Buddha Boy”
|― George Saunders, The Braindead Megaphone|
|It's either develope resistance or make do with plaster macarons|
|Does one get to wear the crown if one resists temptation? |
I'll start practicing tomorrow since Raids-Patisseries invited me to tea today at Le Meurice. What's a girl to do?
Go of course and try not to feel too tortured ahem