Mindful Wisdom 03

Photo by Rose @The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.
8/4/2016 5:22 PM
(See below about the artwork A Time to Rest)

Welcome to the third mindful words of wisdom (wow) series. When we’ve experienced a busy or stressful period, it’s important to reconnect with ourselves to re-establish our inner space. In doing so, we can press the reset button, allowing us to enter our next chapter feeling recharged and refreshed. Wishing an invigorating journey companion all living beings with true peace and safety.

  • “Simplicity, patience, compassion.” – Lao Tzu
  • “You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” – Pema Chödrön
  • “Meditation can be a refuge, but it is not a practice in which real life is ever excluded. The strength of mindfulness is that it enables us to hold difficult thoughts and feelings in a different way—with awareness, balance, and love.” – Sharon Salzberg
  • “The more clearly we see things as they are, the more willing and able we become to open our hearts towards others. When we recognize that others experience pain and unhappiness because they don’t recognize their own {inner goodness and potential}, we’re spontaneously moved by a profound wish for them to experience the same sense of peace and clarity that we’ve begun to know.” – Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, author of The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness
  • “Living in the present moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “{Generosity} helps us become more mindful of our inner wealth. By practicing mindfulness of generosity, by giving, and by observing its effects on ourselves and others, we are … discovering expanded versions of ourselves.”Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • “It is important to remember that “generosity” refers not just to giving in a materials sense, but to the generosity of the heart. As such, it is closely connected to the virtue of forgiveness. Without generosity of the heart, genuine forgiveness is impossible.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • None of us does these things perfectly; that’s why we call our efforts ‘practice’. We practice generosity to others, and we practice it towards ourselves, over and over again.  The power of giving grows until it becomes a great flowing waterfall, until it becomes so natural for us that this is who we are.”Sharon Salzberg

Credit: University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

Archeology #24, A Time to Rest, 2013 Kevan Lunney, East Brunswick, NJ, USA

Artist Statement: “The giant spiral ending in a central fireball speaks to the many forces in our lives and also to the motion of the globe and its inhabitants. The blocks of text reference shared wisdom. Words appear in stitch across the distressed surface. Look for them. Do what you can, there is a time to rest, and we are all afraid.”

Techniques: Linen, paint, metal leaf; Quilted, stenciled, stitched, shrunk, distressed, painted, metal leaf.

Header photo by Rose @Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA
August 4, 2016 12:33 pm

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