For there to be white, there must and black... for there to be light, there must be dark... for there to yin there must be a yang... for there to be stars, heat, and life on any given planet, there must be the cold and hostile vaccum of space for the two opposing forces of nature - life and death - to have their way and test the limits and the extremes of their own potential... for good to prevail there must be evil to vanquish... for hope to win in the end there must be the shadow of doubt to sometimes struggle with... for the best of the best to be crowned there must be ups and downs from which lessons are learned which inspire others down the road who are on their own journey of self-discovery... for the entirety of this version of the universe there has existed both the beginning and the end, the start and the finish, the Go and the Stop, the found and the lost - but there are places where and when the interconnected consciousness of all living things communicates with one another consciously as well as unconsciously, that some have even reported to have visited and returned from feeling changed and brand new: nirvana, heaven, Eden, space, the frontier, the edge, high above the clouds or deep below the ocean - after which they can both perceive and understand forever that the balance that keeps the wheels of existence rolling as serenely as a sphere of energy spinning through space, that is both perfect and imperfect at the same time, would have to be one of the most wonderful symbols in existence that captures the true essence of what it means to be zen.
Against the blue and gold hue of the sky at sunset I watch the silhouette of a flock of birds fly across the sky, as the daylight drains away and darkness rises... the moments of twilight are so beautiful that I cannot look away, because I am always entranced by the transition between the world of day and the world of night... there has always been something magical to me about sitting in the dark, while watching and waiting for the clouds to clear and the divine light of the stars to pierce through the vastness like some kind of celestial knives... I love living where I live - in the countryside and away from the city sights and sounds - because I am able to be inspired by nature, up close and personal, and every day and every night look up to the sky and feel as if I can see the face of heaven looking back at me, perfect and bright, at the same time gifting me a vision and some sort of second sight that makes me feel like a shooting star arching from left to right unimpeded through the evening sky.
There is something about the energy, the memory, the legacy, and the connection attributed to a particular chair that, though it may not be called as such, is a throne in its own right because of the way that it gives a rise and an ascendancy in power and inspiration to whomever sits in it... there is an impression, a weight, an indentation that is left by every sitter in every seat that can be as individual as that of a person's fingerprint. There are chairs that are legendary... there are chairs that are just as synonymous as the person who used them many times for rest, for relaxation, or for perhaps other purposes beyond what a chair was first thought to be used for... there are chair's that helped in the delivery of a person into the world and there are chair's that have been used to execute people after being charged, convicted, and sentenced for heinous crimes of which they are guilty... there are chairs that were designed and built specifically to assist in the comfort, the protection, and safety of someone flying on a plane; and there are chairs that are like the trees from which they were built and will forever be thought of as precious and timeless works of art. There are some things that you can do lying down, standing up, or even while floating upon the water of a swimming pool; however, there are some things that people do - painting, or writing, for example - that can only be done if and when someone is where and when they need to be to create art and poetry... there are some activities that can be undertaken while doing other things simultaneously, but, for some people, they can only attain the required focus that they need to do what they need to do only when they feel constrained, but at the same time free... there are some things that you simply can only be effective at doing when you have the right tools at your disposal and you can make the most of every moment without a worry or a care... there are some moments when you can feel as if you have been transported backwards or forwards - to first times, to last times, to emotional times, to happy times, to sad times, to times of transformation, to times in your life that will always be unforgettable for one reason or another - that you can only be transported to while sitting somewhere that is like nowhere else on Earth, because to you that place, that seat, is more than a chair and is more like a rocket ship to another world: and that place is what I like to call "the chair of chairs".
Finally, I am back in the seat of a cinema, sitting in the dim light, and waiting patiently for the room to go dark and the film that I am here to see to start. It's been a long time since I was able to embrace my cinephile side and get back to where I always looked forward to returning to every so often... it's been a long time since anybody who loves the magic and the experience of seeing a film on the biggest screen there is has been able to go to the movies, to perhaps get some popcorn and a cold drink, sit in a comfortable seat, and switch off from the world at the same time that they are transported away to a place of fiction and fantasy, and embrace the gift and the opportunity of pure, unadulterated, escapism. I am a dreamer, I am an artist, and I am also someone who loves enjoying the labor of other people's imagination and creativity... since I was a child, I have always been someone who loves going to the cinema - because I have always understood the language and the power of visual and audiotory storytelling, and the way that subtleties in colour and sound can feed the mind, as well as revitalize and influence the thoughts, the feelings, and the emotions of people young and old far into the future. I don't see every film at the cinema, but when I see the trailer for an upcoming film that immediately grabs my attention, I try to make the time, when the film is finally released, to see it in a place where I can make the most of every moment of movie making poetry - which is why I am so happy, which is why I am so energized, and which is why I am so in awe to once again be back enjoying a movie projected upon the screen of a theatre.