Deep in this mountain
is an old pond
Deep or shallow
It’s bottom has never been seen
“Whether we’re speaking of art, religion, or life, there are always apparent edges beyond which we cannot see. As Master Dogen says, the limits of the knowable are unknowable. The process remains open. There is an element of trust that must be functioning, a trust that when the foot is thrust forward to take the next step, it will find solid ground. There is always a little bit further than can be seen. “
………………………………John Daido Loori
I had many reservations about taking Misty’s Portrait Drawing class. My biggest enemy and resistance came from my own inner thoughts, but through dharma teachings I’ve learned to ask certain questions about my thoughts: Are they truthful? Are they kind? Are they useful? etc. If there is a negative answer to any of those questions, I then know it’s time to move on. Each assignment in class is like taking a step in the dark. I’m not sure of my footing; however, I have found that if I make the effort to move forward, I will gain the ability to see a little bit further down the road.
I never thought I could produce a drawing like this. So you see, some thoughts are a source of simple falsehood. There are many dark edges in life we must travel beyond. This one is gentle training for larger things unforeseen. Life is an open ended process. Challenge yourself to grow and expand in any way you see fit. Trust that there will be solid ground beneath your feet.