Monday, January 24, 2011

compassion

This is one of my favorite photos.  A heart shaped leaf caught up in the skeletal arms of a blossom gone by.  I look at this photo often, trying to understand what about it has won my favor.  Perhaps it is the beauty of transience.  A reminder that even in death there is unspeakable splendor to be found and experienced.  After rereading the recent poem post and the posts preceding, I had to chuckle.  How interesting to dedicate a year to happiness in one post and devote the following post to sadness.  It is perfect really.  The humor in it begs clarification for my dedication and apparent inconsistencies.  I don't consider happiness separate from sorrow, rather I think happiness may only be found in the peaceful acceptance of the "is-ness" of life.  Devoid of my beliefs and concepts of what life is, or should be, or could be, what is there.  When sadness arises in the "is-ness" of life, or "happiness" arises, wouldn't it be lovely to witness beauty within the transience.  Like a dried leaf caught in the arms of a dying bloom, a spaciousness of experience...an invitation for compassion.

4 comments:

Daeni said...

This photo is fantastic!
Small or large scale, this is a work of art. Thank you for sharing.

Wind said...

It is your heart and the deep expression of it's voice that is the truest work of art.

Traci Hendrix Hart said...

Gorgeous, thought provoking, and peaceful. Your words, your images, and YOU.
Thank you for the brain and spirit food!...

china cat said...

or perhaps to look at "sadness" without getting sad about it - what does it really look like? I am always swept away before I ever had time to investigate... miss you and am thinking of you often. As a side note, Mina deals with sadness by bending forward, laying the top of her head on the floor, letting out a good scream and then walking away.