I love it when I open up one of my books and find something like this under the cover.
"You will come to see that your life, rather than being a series of events that are happening to you, is all happening for you. Everything in your life—especially your challenges—is tailor-made to help you see your stories of struggle. Whatever is in the way is the way! You will learn how to listen to your challenges, rather than striving to overcome them, so they can lead you back to your heart."
My new lover: India ink, hand dipped & hand written letters.
I attended this month's live figure drawing class at the Tom House in Hollywood.
My primary goal was two-fold. 1. Have fun the whole time, and play. No stressing and falling into a mental black hole about my capabilities or worth. Including the finished product. 2. Use my first born: watercolors.
The magic of my tiniest paint brush offered a whole new opportunity for me to express my strokes. This tiny little brush has name. She is called, Fanny Bryce. More on this coming soon!
"It takes a long time before one learns to take one's place in one's own life."
In Ingeborg's native tongue: "Es dauert zehe lange bis man lernt, seinen platz in das eigene leben zu nehmen."
Pema Chödrön's birthday is coming up. I love her so dearly. She has influenced the past decade of my spiritual roots in deep wells. Last June I saw her live with Tami Simon, of Sounds True, and K.D. Lang. Not only did I get to hear the three of them discuss meditation & mindfulness, K.D. Lang sang Hallelujah live for us. It was by far one of those defining moments in music for me.
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"The key to the tonglen practice is when you feel anything unpleasant, that’s the only way that you understand what other people are going through. So when I feel fear, and I don’t want to feel this anxiety gnawing at me, instead of asking how to get rid of this feeling—this edgy, uncomfortable, nervy, speedy feeling—instead of how to get rid of it, you breathe in.
You can’t be too exact about this—it’s kinda more like finger painting. It’s very poetic: you’re feeling fear, anxiety, you breathe it in. It’s like welcoming, opening to it. I’ve come to use this image: you breathe it into the heart, and there’s a sense that the heart expands and expands and expands as wide as it needs to expand in order to hold it or open to it, relax with it. Not reject it is the main thing—it’s a path of non-rejection, a path of acceptance."
In Summer of 2014 I grabbed a little sketchbook on my way to New York City. I figured it was the perfect time and place to face my fears of drawing figures.
Effort, practice, facing your discomfort ..... I'm a believer! My how things grow with a little water. What will you start growing today?