|And I have in fact been in there alternating between gardening and painting and working away on another little project. Here's some more peeks at the studio space and a Buddha in progress.|
|And the view of the old barn from one of the windows.|
"The Great Heart Way" by Gerry Shishin Wick and Ilia Shinko Perez. I was impressed with Wick when I saw him on one of the Tricycle online retreats and ordered his book from The Book Depository (my favourite place to order books online). The subtitle of the book is "How to Heal Your Life and Find Self-fulfillment". Wick, who is a Zen teacher, looks at the 3 poisons of greed, hate and delusion as expressions of our "shadow self", the parts we have unconsciously rejected. He approaches the Dharma by having us look at what we have rejected in ourselves and bring it into the light. In this way we can work to unlock the "stuck" places of anger or greed by going deeply into our personal terrain or is that subterrain? Why do some situations or people's behaviour trigger our anger? What is the deep source of our desire? This approach intrigues me and feels like it holds potential to approach the Dharma in a very personal way. Hmmm, have I got a theme going on here?
|An old kimono jacket that I bought years ago for $1 has found a home by the cute old wood stove|
|. It was almost cool enough to light the stove this morning!|
And there was a volunteer stint at the Lavender Festival up the road and qi gong at the Japanese Peace Park in Ganges and an art opening called "100 Mile Furniture". This is summer! How's your's?