I saw these statues of Kuan Yin and the Buddha last week while Jack and I were on his birthday trip. They were at The Women’s Exchange (a great thrift store in Williamstown, MA). Looking at these figures, with their peaceful smiles, does something to me inside. They are good reminders of a higher, deeper reality. They are also new energy in my home….reminding me to focus on what I am creating in the moment, which will end up being my future.
When I first met Jack, he had lots of pictures of Native American warriors on his walls. These were really strong powerful images but they had a harshness about them that made me avert my eyes. It was like being surrounded by dozens of angry grandfathers! I kept trying to rationalize that it was OK saying, “Well, I have a pretty stong Abenaki lineage, and love Native American art”, (which was, and is, still true). But I did not feel good when I looked at those images. We finally took them down, and Jack brought them to his shop.
Several years ago, I went through all of my photographs and when I found ones that reminded me of an unhappy time, or pictures that I just plain did not like, I threw them out. It was, at first, a huge challenge. I had some of them for all of my life and even though I didn’t feel good when I looked at them, I believed that it was somehow my obligation to hold onto them. We cannot move into new, larger and more expansive futures if we hold so tightly to our hurtful, negative stories/images of the past.
The images that we surround ourselves with do affect our bodies, minds and spirits. I personally need all of the help that I can get staying positively focused!
“There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art or knowledge.” Friedrich Nietzsche