Containment

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untitled, ceramic, 20×4″
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Over this past year I have really been trying to be a solid but permeable container for my own emotional shortfalls, confusions, resentment, sadness, worry, chaos and general inner violence.

For it surely is mine; generated by me, affecting me most, fueled by my very own fire.

I am inviting Peace.

Dealing with such health challenges as I do allows large swaths of musing time to decipher and de-code what works, what doesn’t, what I need and don’t.

What I end up with is the truth of desiring a peaceful and soft heart, standing at the ready to be affected, moved, used and effectively used up before my time is done.
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From the Buddha-

One day the Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake!”

The Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man, “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”
The young man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”

The Buddha smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.”
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2 Responses to “Containment”

  1. laura Hegfield on February 13th, 2014

    Wise as ever sister-friend… be tender with your anger, gentle with your sorrow, loving toward’s your body, soul and emotions… you are a treasured gift for all of us who have been blessed by your light on this journey.

  2. Kerri on February 14th, 2014

    I see you, the artist, in the design of your website. Refined. Classy. Pleasing. I enjoyed my visit here and felt very welcomed.

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