|10"x10" Deep In The Forest|
How do we remember to pause and connect with our inner refuges of stillness, silence and spaciousness when Uncle Henry tells the same story for the 10th time? Tenzin Wangyal offers us a great little trick. When we feel the tug of that pain that's just the reminder we need. And mostly we're pretty familiar with those painful feelings, it's just we forget the next step. We either sink deeply into the pain or reject it completely, or maybe dance between the two. His suggestion is that the nagging thoughts of the egoic mind that are constantly finding fault can remind us to connect with the stillness of our bodies. The nattering of our internal voice or perhaps our unkind speech to others is the reminder to connect with silence. And our crazy imaginings, run wild can offer us the opportunity to sense the space that is always around and within us.
|16"x16" Cloud Mountain|
In his attempts to help us bring our practice into the parts of our life that need it the most he suggests we think of it as a game. Our challenge is how can we win at this tricky, moving, ever challenging game of deinstalling the things that push our buttons. This can help make our "problems" lively in an upbeat way that encourages us to work with them rather than lament them or crumple from them into the perfect little Christmas ball. What's your game this season? May it be merry and bright.
ps: with many thanks to technical wizardry of Lynette Monteiro for helping me retrieve this lost post from the ether. Many bows to her.