Tuesday, February 15, 2011

... open ...

If your everyday practice is to open to all your emotions, to all the people you meet, to all the situations you encounter, without closing down ... then you will understand all the teachings that anyone has ever taught.

~ Pema Chodron

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  1. nice. this has great textures...i like att the shadow people....

  2. Beautiful words of wisdom that compliment your art. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.

    Julie Magers Soulen Photography

  3. Lovely art.. and very wise advice by Pema Chodron.

  4. I love this piece, it's very intriguing and of course, the words as well.

    Nice to see you, Bonnie!


  5. Pondering over the art, the quote, and into my own heart.

  6. YES! Tough to remember sometimes- like when some one dangerously and irresponsibly cuts you off in heavy traffic...
    LOVE the art !

  7. I understand your artwork better than the adage.
    Open? To what? All the time?

  8. Staying open, that's the key, isn't it? Staying open, being present for whatever comes our way.
    Loved the pairing of this quote with that image.

  9. Hi Friko - Open to whatever life puts on our path ... I suppose other words that could be substituted for 'open' would be 'accepting', 'allowing', 'welcoming'.

    Such an open stance toward 'what is', toward life, is a relaxed one rather than a closed, tension-ridden, defensive or offensive stance. That's my interpretation, for what it's worth.

  10. Love this piece!! And some sage advice...though I tend to be a little closed in groups of people I don't know. Safer that way! Ha!

  11. true that! sweet artwork bonnie. hoo boy! steven

  12. I appreciate your comment response to Friko. Because yesterday I thought about this very thing, before you posted. I thought, there is no way I could be completely open to everyone and everything, and feel every emotion to its fullest, because it would probably annihilate me. On the Myers-Briggs personality profile, I test at 50-0 Feeling vs Thinking, so I feel the world. But accepting and allowing I can live with! :)

  13. "not closing down". I read this yesterday and have been thinking about it. What it means to me is that I don't need to be in agreement, which is different than accepting. Tolerant might be a better word for me. Sometimes (and I used to be guilty of this) one hears from another thoughts and beliefs different from their own and the need to change the mind of that person is in full swing (especially if it is your child!) But by not "closing down", one can hear the other person and respect the viewpoint instead of attacking...

    Not sure if that is clear. I now treasure my friends who have different attitudes and beliefs. I'm not threatened - and it leads to interesting conversations and understandings. There is no "forcing" just a sharing of hearts. I'm surprised how satisfied that can leave me.

  14. Margaret: So beautifully expressed. Yes, accepting does not necessarily mean agreeing. It means allowing what is there to be there. Open does not mean that we have to take whatever passes by into our very beingness. It means allowing it to be there, not resisting its presence, being curious as to what it is about ... but ultimately remembering that we decide what we absorb and what we do not.

    I prefer your explanation to mine!

  15. "all" "ever" are both such strong words. They remind me of "always" and "never." These words get me thinking that perhaps the person is over-generalizing. In any event, while it's great to be open to others without closing down, boundaries are useful, too.

  16. Wise words and the image is just right.


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