Sunday, October 08, 2006

Squinting at the New You

When I woke up this morning, for some unknown reason, it took me a long time to gain clear focus with my eyes. I washed them, rubbed them, exercised them, drank a cup of coffee ... finally, I could see clearly again.

"It has been said that if you could become another person for even a few moments you would probably become Enlightened. So strong is our attachment to the idea of who we are that even the smallest jolt out of it can have an immense effect."
- Manjusvara

What would be your reaction be if the "new you" was blind or deaf? Our "idea of who we are" is grounded in our body, and the limitations and possibilities of what our bodies can do.

"Gertrude Jekyll, like Monet, was a painter with poor eyesight, and their gardens - his at Giverny in the Seine valley, hers in Surrey - had resemblance's that may have sprung from this condition. Both loved plants that foamed and frothed over walls and pergolas, spread in tides beneath trees; both saw flowers in islands of colored light - an image the normal eye captures only by squinting."
- Eleanor Perenyi, Green Thoughts, 1981

Green Way Wisdom - Seeing

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