Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tower, or Playtime

Tower, or Playtime
pen and Pitt Artist pens on paper
6/100 in 100, 6/17/10

When does play time start to feel unnatural? When do we take on this mantle of adulthood, and let all our serious worries and troubles take over?

This is something I have struggled with for a long time. I am too serious. I have been too serious for most of my life, but once upon a time, I did not feel like I needed to be productive in order to be worthy.

How do we learn to enjoy living? How do we remember how to exist in bliss? How do we keep our old blisses from becoming just another burden, when we commit to them and try to make them into something more than just a thing we do for fun?

I have the feeling that everything we need in life is there waiting for us. I have the feeling that, outside of the basic needs, bliss is all a mind set.

What exactly IS that set of mind? How do we set our minds in that place of bliss.

Is enlightenment supposed to be so hard? (That's kind of a joke. Are you laughing yet?)


Anonymous said...

Truthfully? I think enlightenment is supposed to be easy. It's just that we're all so used to living inside the drama of our lives that we sort of obstruct our own view of the bliss part. Plus we're so convinced everybody else besides us has bliss and why can't we just get our you-know-what's in gear and do what we need to do so WE can have it tooo!! I'm totally speaking for myself here, Row - take it for what it's worth. :)


Rowena said...

That's enlightenment for you. The easiest impossibility ever.

Jessica - Domestic PDX said...

This post really hit home for me. First, your drawing, which is so symbolic of my own childhood play (love the soft contours, BTW). Second, recalling a time when I too didn't have "to be productive in order to be worthy." It's really hard for me to ease up on the "doing." Somehow it's become the centerpiece of my identity, I think. Really good questions here, Rowena.

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