Eloquence involves saying the right thing in the right way with a sense of ease. An eloquent person, then, is someone who often or almost always speaks eloquently.
In this third episode, Alexandra and I discuss misconceptions about the nature of eloquence: that eloquence is flowery speech, charismatic speech, or scholarly discourse. We urge instead that natural or everyday eloquence is intended to create a space of clarity involving both speaker and listener.
If you would like to learn how to become eloquent, you can visit http://andrewjamestaggart.com/eloquence/.
Words that arose before today’s philosophical conversation with one philosophical friend:
As I sit,
the sun rolls over
the backs of the mountain.
Before, being was no-thing,
but now being is thinged.
Loss but also gain.
While meditating, I let my thoughts unwind themselves until they grow tired of themselves.
Vast expanse of home.
Words that came to me during morning meditation moments before a philosophical conversation recently:
The morning gray closes in,
and I cannot see the mountain.
I do not know you thus,
but might I find you still
by some other route?
I close my eyes,
and mumble your name.
Soon I forget it.
like hanging beans
I feel the mountains
Zazen is preparation for living discourse? What kind of living discourse? Only this: direct speech.
Tell me, friend, how am I doing taking notes?
Speak too quickly, and I won’t catch your words.
Therefore, go slowly with me so that we catch our breaths.