Lenten Reflections on Austerity

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the holy season of Lent. Following as it does the mirth and indulgence of the winter holidays, this Lenten return to discipline and austerity has always been significant to me, even when I did not count myself among the orthodox. It is a season for inwardness and withdrawal, … Continue reading Lenten Reflections on Austerity

Meditations on the Peaks

The following extracts are from Meditations on the Peaks: Mountain Climbing as Metaphor for the Spiritual Quest by Julius Evola. In this collection of essays Evola describes the metaphysical and transcendent aspects of mountain climbing. He eschews the sentimental, romantic emphasis on "scenery" in favor of a stern inner discipline in the face of elemental … Continue reading Meditations on the Peaks