From the #showyourwork files …
I’m living by the peso and here’s my packing list: a pocket notebook for poetry notes on the go, a morning pages journal, an unlined pocket notebook for small sketches and pithy lightning bolts, a bigger sketchbook, and new artist pens and graphite pencils. Three pocket cameras with different capabilities and uses.
I also brought two books to read/re-read and ponder: Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren, and The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran.
A standout line from each of those books has ignited seaside contemplation.
From The Bhagavad Gita 4:34:
“Approach those who have realized the purpose of life and question them with reverence and devotion; they will instruct you in this wisdom.”
Each Humanitou exchange contains answers to something greater than the questions I ask. It is part of why I do it, and a lot of why I’m grateful to those who open their hearts and share through it.
“Wabi-sabi is ambivalent about separating beauty from non-beauty or ugliness. The beauty of wabi-sabi is, in one respect, the condition of coming to terms with what you consider ugly. … Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.”
Koren is referring to physical matters in the world, e.g., a 100-year-old farmhouse we say has rustic character, or a decaying piece of fruit in which we see the art of life.
But I read that quote from a psycho-emotional place, wondering: What do you consider in yourself and others to be ugliness, rather than beauty?
If you shine a light on it and shift the way you see that ugliness, what poetry of you do you find?
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