|"Geography of the Heart" New Work at Cafe Talia|
At one point a line from a Zen poem popped into my mind: "the way is not difficult for those who do not pick and choose" . Here's the whole poem if you're interested: "Affirming Faith In Mind". As my mind staggered back to centre I realized I wasn't chicken little and the sky wasn't falling. This was simply life unfolding as it does and I could do what needed to be done and not terrorize myself with whining, clutching and looking like an embodiment of Edvard Munsch's "The Scream"(perhaps that's a little too dramatic?). I sometimes forget that it is my railing against what is, rather than the circumstances, that really makes life suck.
|Cafe Talia with painting "Continents of the Heart"|
|The Density of Air 12"x24"|
I have been reading some interesting stuff by a German doctor named Rudiger Dahlke who talks about the fact that the human mind is so drawn to divide things up into light an dark and wanted and unwanted. Even our word de-cision means to cut in two. He warns about chasing "the light" and how one side of a pair is likely to draw in it's opposite, in it's attempt to seek balance. Harmony and balance are what create health.
|Crossing The Fields in Winter|
Dahlke has an interesting view of illness. He says our illnesses are in fact messages from our bodies about imbalances or things that are missing in our lives that we have consciously rejected or ignored. Our symptoms are telling us we need to deal with these things. I find this so interesting. Of course the trick in this is to hear the message accurately. I think part of why I find this so interesting is that it feeds into this duality of picking and choosing, of liking and not liking what comes up in our lives.
|peeking in the door at Cafe Talia|
“... Setting the compass of our heart, no matter how rough the storms, how difficult the terrain, even if we have to back track around obstacles, our direction is clear.”
- Jack Kornfield