Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Collage 9

A few weeks ago Lynn and I got really into yellow. So a number of them are in that color family. It is interesting to see how the series progresses in terms of color and the ephemera that we choose.

There is a line I like a lot in the very first chapter. Anna Pavlovna says, "How can one be well... when one suffers morally? Is it possible to remain at ease in our time, if one has any feeling?". This is a question that one can explore through spiritual practice. I have been meditating for a few years now, and when you really get intimate with how your mind works, you see so much suffering. Of all kinds. There is mental suffering -- always wanting things to be different. Clinging. Pushing away. Confusion. There is also so much external suffering in the world on all levels. I haven't read this book in decades, but I think it's a question that Tolstoy explores -- how can one find inner peace? How can one find happiness?-- Lola

Lynn Waskelis
page 25-26 of original text
made 3/5/10
collage and acrylic paint on paper

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