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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Two Autumn Leaves

Two Autumn Leaves
6 x 12 x 1 1/2 Oil on Canvas
Aloha & Happy month of November!  The show opening was a huge success and we had a turn out of at least 50 people.  Thank you to all who were able to attend!  For those of you that couldn't make it... the exhibit should be up at least through the end of the year.  So head down to Stockbridge for a latte and some r&r while taking in the new art on the walls!  You can't miss my dragonfly!
The piece above was created from two leaves I found while out on one of may walks down Old Stockbridge Road........
We are kicking around the idea of a poetry reading sometime this month so to get you all in the mood here is one of my favorite pieces by Rumi called The Inner Garments of Love.  I actually use this piece in one of my Yoga Nidra scripts too and people love it! (read aloud it's better!)
A soul which is not clothed
with the inner garment of Love
should be ashamed of its existence.
Be drunk with Love,
for Love is all that exists.
Where is intimacy found
if not in the give and take of Love.
If they ask what Love is,
say; the sacrifice of will.
If you have not left your will behind,
You have no will at all.
The lover is a king of kings
with both worlds beneath him;
and a king does not regard
what lies at his feet.
Only Love and the lover
can resurrect beyond time.
Give your heart to this;
the rest is secondhand.
How long will you embrace
a lifeless beloved?
Embrace that entity
to which nothing can cling.
What sprouts up every spring
will wither and die by autumn,
but the rose garden of Love
Is always green.
Both the rose and the thorn
appear together in spring,
and the wine of the grape
is not without its headaches.
Don’t be an impatient
bystander on this path -----
by God there’s no death
worse than expectation
Set your heart on hard cash
if you are not counterfeit,
and listen to this advice
if you are not a slave.
Don’t falter on the horse
of the body; go more lightly on foot.
God gives wings to those
who are not content to ride an ass.
Let go of your worries
and be completely clear-hearted,
like the face of a mirror
that contains no images.
When it is empty of forms,
all forms are contained in it.
No face would be ashamed
to be so clear.
If you want a clear mirror,
behold yourself
and see the shameless truth
which the mirror reflects.
If metal can be polished
to a mirror like finish,
What polishing might the mirror
of the heart require?
Between the mirror and the heart
is this single difference:
the heart conceals secrets,
while the mirror does not…
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