I was exhausted this week. Threw my yearly big birthday party for my friends in Albuquerque (we're all May through August) and we played PlayDoh Pictionary and ChickenFoot. The day of the party my dog Franz had a tragic dingle-berry accident which took out 8 feet of the living room carpet temporarily. As a result, he had his first grooming of his life yesterday and he looks totally adorable! And so tiny!
Anyway, every new day is a new challenge and a new surprise. Those two things seem to come together.
The Prompt: Space to Rest Before Challenge
Again this week's prompt comes from the Zen by the Brush book by Myoshi Nancy O'Hara.
"We ought to listen to music
or sit and practice breathing
at the beginning of every meeting or discussion."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
First task is to sit for a meditation on that for 5-10 minutes or however long you feel is good to you.
...inspired by my drawing:
Pitch and treble clef
The tone of terrible words
I heard the common parable this week: time heals all wounds. And thinking about that today it seems space is a great healer afterwards. Maybe we should practice more space prior to. The problem is, these challenging discussions (often fraught with tensions and animosities) or these dingle-berry tragedies...they always surprise you and leave very little time for space, unless you stop the action and go breathe somewhere. Probably that should be a few yards away from the shitty situation, literally.
Now you're turn.