“Death brings meaning to life: our lives—our bodies—are nourished by the death of plants and animals. Be clear: Our deaths will one day serve as nourishment for them.” –Simon Buxton
"Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy."
— Pema Chödrön
“Women may be the last thing to be ‘civilized’ by men, and these women—these wild ones—will never be, and those who have fallen into their arms rarely do so without falling into their hands.” –Simon Buxton
“Loving is a journey with water and with stars, with smothered air and abrupt storms of flour. Loving is a clash of lightning bolts and two bodies defeated by a single drop of honey.” –Pablo Neruda
“Once meek, and in a perilous path, The just man kept his course along the vale of death.
Roses are planted where thorns grow, And on the barren sing the honey bees.” –William Blake
"The closer you get to real matter, rock air fire and wood, boy, the more spiritual the world is."
— Jack Kerouac
“It is to be broken. It is to be
torn open. It is not to be
reached and come to rest in
ever. I turn against you,
I break from you, I turn to you.
We hurt, and are hurt,
and have each other for healing.
It is healing. It is never whole.”
― Wendell Berry
//and sometimes feeling alive is the feeling you get right before you die.
Day Five: Mentawai
Focus: Recovery and Travel
Three Words: We. Go. Hard.
Travel: One 1.5 hour boat ride, One 6 hour boat ride, One domestic flight
Day Four: Mentawai
Focus: Health, Hygiene, Savings Groups, Education
Three Words: Paradise, Paradise, Paradise
Travel: One five hour boat ride, one hour and a half boat ride