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MenoSundays; Life Lived Lovingly

November 7th, the passing of Leonard Cohen was announced. In 1990, I was gifted his "I'm Your Man" album (in cassette form) and quite literally wore it out! Now, of course, I utilise online facilities to listen when I wish to.

With all the surge of reviews and bios which have appeared, I was reminded that LC had spent five years as a Zen Buddhist monk... and continued to Live Life Lovingly, even when returning to secular life. Did he not do so prior to this time? Well, yes; but in the mistaken way of thinking that it involved purely physical engagement and somehow that never coincided with the intellectual and certainly not the spiritual aspects of living. What became clear, post-monastery, was a lightness of being, a corrected perspective and a clarity; a reprioritising of the expectation of life.

Having trawled through quite a few of the retrospectives and interview 'retreads' out there, I found the following to be most joyous. These require that you have full listening capacity. Here is a man who lived in the secular with a complete understanding of the Universal - even when questioning his own perception of understanding.

This clip is the first part of three... if the second and third parts do not immediately show at the end of this section, then do click through here to find them. In this first part, despite the interviewer's attempts to stick in the physical, he deftly sidesteps into a higher level of thinking. Love with the capital 'ell' is expressed, (even if not exactly named as such!). If you click on to part two, you will hear quite a bit about his love of dogs and particularly his childhood pal 'Tinker'... whom he calls a 'Scottish Terrier' - but the photo clearly displays a Wire-haired Foxy boy like our beloved Bertie Boffin!!! Part three of this interview, should you be caught up in the awesomeness, explores where the physical fits into things - or if it even does...

Last offering today, a song from the final album, released shortly before his death. Astonishingly expressive of how we have disassociated from the Great Soul - extinguishing the light of Consciousness within us...


  1. I admit, I must be a bad Canadian, I never felt moved by his work. Although I know the impact of his work is far reaching.

  2. Ah pooooh first video is no longer available due to copyright claim by New York times.
    I was able to see the other two. I had no idea about his recent background. The song was very intense. Very mellow voice.
    Hugs C

    1. Hari OM
      Oh rats... thanks for letting me know - such a shame for it was a delight!... still, for those who are interested, there are plenty of other things out there to research!!! Yxx

  3. I guess we failed to appreciate his contribution. He was a man of great depth who contributed to the things that are good.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  4. I've always found Leomard Cohen's songs deeply moving, but confess to never having engaged properly with the man and his beliefs.Thanks for redressing the balance here.
    Cheers, Gail.

  5. He was an interesting Canadian, for sure!

  6. What was a shame is that his business manager bilked him out of his money. So sad.


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