HOW MUCH DO YOU CARRY THAT SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND?
Two monks are on a long journey; in deep contemplative silence they walk, taking in the sights and sounds around them.
They come upon a river; on the river's edge stands a woman fretting over how to cross.
Without hesitation one of the monks picks her up and carries her across the river; he then continues on his journey.
Hours pass and the other monk can no longer contain his thoughts, "I do not understand your actions, we are forbidden to have physical contact with women yet you touched this woman, carried her even.”
“I put her down hours ago, on the river’s edge. Why do you still carry her?”
For me, this is a powerful visual tool that helps me “let go” and lay aside burdens which are manifestations not worth the weight they generate. I do feel lighter because of it.
How about you - are you good at letting go?
AND...LOOK WHAT’S SWIMMING ON MY KITCHEN WALL!
I received a lovely surprise the other day when I opened a parcel containing a piece of art I had purchased for a dear friend’s upcoming “big” birthday.
In addition to the piece I purchased there was a special surprise gift for me.
But first a little back story…
I purchased my first “Trish” original back in Spring; a lovely piece called Moonlight Faerie, which hangs in the Lost and Found; my writing space.
Knowing my friend enjoys original art as much as I do, and is the proud owner of some wonderful pieces, I showed her the on-line gallery of Trish’s work and one piece, in particular, caught her eye.
I had been privy to the story of this particular piece and was not sure it was available as it had a previous offer of interest that had not been finalized.
However, I’m a convincingly good negotiator and now the piece is here in Canada; it is being framed as I type this. (so pictures will follow in a later post)
NOW...about my surprise gift...I had been watching the progress of this piece with fascination. As I have a daughter who is a mermaid I found my eye drawn to this piece of art with regularity.
However, this piece would not be without some competition as shortly after its completion two more canvases with the same subject appeared...but my eye was still drawn to the first.
So, you can imagine the happiness and pleasure I experienced when I opened the mailing tube and inside was not one piece of art, but two.
Here is the beautiful creature swimming on my kitchen wall, right above my coffee station, where I will see her, and smile, every day!
Not only will she remind me of my lovely daughter, but of a wonderful lady, oceans away...but near in my heart.