Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. Rumi

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Groundlessness

When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something.  We might realize that this is a very vulnerable and tender place, and that tenderness can go either way.  We can shut down and feel resentful or we can touch in on that throbbing quality.  There is definitely something tender and throbbing about groundlessness. 
Pema Chodron, from her book When Things Fall Apart
                       
                "Flying Anyway"     ( My newest Painting)
 



Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing.  We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved.  They come together and they fall apart.  Then they come together again and fall apart again.  Then they come together and fall apart again.  It's just like that.  The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen:  room for grief, for relief, for misery,
for joy.  
Pema Chodron, from her book When Things Fall Apart

4 comments :

  1. These are such good quotes! What is your painting called? It is gorgeous!

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  2. i LOVE YOUR NEW PAINTING

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  3. I love Pema. Or I love saying, "Pema"... This reminds me of the song I sang (by special request) to Z all day long..incy wincy spider. :)

    Love the new painting!

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  4. Beautiful painting! You are so talented to be able to write and paint!! Thanks for the convo on Etsy, I'll respond soon! I lived in Corvallis in the 90's and owned a flower shop there and in Albany!! I lived on Highland, halfway up the hill toward the high school and my shop was on Circle Blv...small world! I miss the rain!
    Hugs and love,
    Kelly
    http://kellyberkeydesigns.blogspot.com

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