The painting started with a coral colored ground and as I sat observing the luscious pigment, my chest swelled with joy. I felt a sense of optimism akin to seeing the sun rising over the horizon at the height of summer. Then, a blue second layer invited the fiery orange to dance. It was as if a vast and constantly moving sky was announcing the start of a magnificent day and inviting me and you to play. Lovely celestial music arose from the center of soft cottony pink rolls and bright yellow streamers heralded riots of laughter to the amusement of billowy lavender beings that seemed to grow out of the sea of fire.
I called the painting The Garden of Love and Compassion, because our hearts are like a garden. Whatever seeds we sow, will grow and blossom. We can decide to grow seeds of compassion, embracing not only our foibles, but those of others whom we may perceive as hurting or bothering us, or we can choose to harvest the blossoms of fear and resentment. We can decide to see through the eyes of love and kindness, or we can notice poverty or greed. We may select to bring joy and understanding to whatever we are doing, or we can complain and blame others for our life situation. We can see ourselves and others as Buddhas, or we can put on the goggles of enmity and embrace wars near and far.
Won’t you join me in playing in this beautiful garden and make your heart the fertile ground for more seeds of Love and Compassion? You can find the art by clicking on The Garden of Love and Compassion and harvest the blooms of Joy now and at any time of the year!
Have a lovely week!
PS. The Buddha talking to his disciples said…
“Here, monks, a disciple dwells pervading one direction with his heart filled with compassion, likewise the second, the third and the fourth direction; so above, below and around; he dwells pervading the entire world everywhere and equally with his heart filled with compassion, abundant, grown great, measureless, free from enmity and free from distress.” –