Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Good Morning!

"You watch your mind to see who you are not. I watch my mind to gain a sense of its content, which has always been my pain. As I watch it, I get a sense of its impermanence. Thoughts come and go as part of a process. I see how content dissolves into process and begin to see the patterns in the process. Realizing it isn’t MY suffering, MY pain, it becomes THE pain. I’ve gone from the tiny, the small, and the individual to the universal. I feel OUR pain. When we do, we go from fear to compassion. Fear is MY pain, compassion is THE pain."

-- Stephen Levine

I read these words this morning, even as I sit and contemplate what feels like an epidemic of breast cancer.   No one knows better than I the benefits in the process and it is tough, and I suppose we need tough to sand the edges so we can slide through the holes to new worlds and discoveries.

Tiger and Bella still struggle with the cat door.  They want the big door open, and that has been fine, but this morning, it is cold, and so, I know soon the heater needs to go on, and so, an open door will not be possible.  I wonder if I am surrounded with little doors that I do not see, and so, today, I am going to look more closely for them, and see, if even if they reflect myself back to me, I can push on through.

I shared a lovely lunch with a friend yesterday who brought me presents from people in Russia who have never met me.  She goes almost yearly to Russia and Belgrade to teach about play, intuition, and peaceful resolution.   Each year,  but this, she has taken my silk hearts as gifts.   I just could not paint them this year, and, when she shared what my year had been and why there were no hearts, students returned with gifts for me.  I sit this morning, so touched with that, and surrounded with my gifts.

Steve and I went to a talk at the MV Library last night that was on Sake, and sake was served.   Libraries are not what they used to be.   The idea is to bring the docents from the various museums to us, so we don't have to drive into the city for a lecture, and can then go in and view the art in our own time.  We had dinner in a Japanese restaurant to begin the process, and so had a little dip into Asia yesterday.   The stars are out, and we have moved into winter cold.  I think I always forget, but it is clear that tonight another blanket goes onto the bed.

I am happy to report that I am satisfied with the election, and the political reporting will die down on the blog.   My Narcissus bulbs are putting out roots, and green is shooting up and soon my house will be filled with tiny white flowers putting out the most delicious scent. 

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day and today, is a holiday.   I am grateful that now this war can end and we can celebrate the lives of those who now come home before there are any more maimings and deaths.


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