under the glassy surface

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The magical artist Ben Shahn once said that every artist who expresses the depth and subjective truths of his life gives something of rare value and wonder to others. In the same way, as socially transcendent individuals develop a better understanding of their unique interior gifts, as they are able to express that self in the outer forms of family, creativity or work, they give something original and truthful to others. Consequently, these gifts retain a vitality, force and freshness that distinguishes them from mundane outcomes usually experienced from daily effort.   ~Marsha Sinetar

and the motion of spiraling turmoil ceases movement and sparkles with delight when we’ve found our joy……

inquiry for today~ what really matters to you? what is essential?

essential

Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.

~Rilke

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