Altar Near My Meditation Stool
I created an altar near my mediation stool for the daily practice of ordering my day. It is the first time I have thought to do this. It opened to me the idea of making my entire home a meditative gathering of icons. I assembled the items intuitively. What they had in common was love. Well, that's what everything has in common.
The Garden Where I Gather
This is an acrylic painting I created. It reflects a meditation we did in class with Dr. Rogers during the intensive. I do not recall the exact words, but somehow there was the idea of leaving the stressful situation in which I found myself and drawing back to my sacred core. In the meditation, I had the thought of blowing kisses to the people in the scene as they receded into the hilltops and I found myself in the rich garden below. There was no animosity in the parting, only a kind of gentle leave taking, a blessing on them, and on myself. It is this tender affection for myself and a goodwill towards others that enables compassion to flow freely. Or, is it the other way around?
My workspace newly organized
Having put together my little altar, I was inspired to reconfigure my work space and gather some more icons. My computer screen in rest is a gathering of photographs of my choosing. It is a happy space in which to work. It softens my heart to be surrounded with things I love, memories and inspirations. And a tender heart is always a good place to begin.