transformation through painting

Little Irritations

Ever find some small thing, totally irritating, a noise, or a smell, or the someone trying to talk to you, when you are trying to do e-mail? I find these small irritations taking a lot of my attention these days.

For instance, as I’m writing right now, my husband is doing heavy yogic breathing in the living room. He was here first, so I can’t complain. The kitchen faucet has been dripping , and when I sit to meditate, it seems to be trying to keep time. My cats will want to go out just at the wrong place in the movie, or a good friend calls to share difficult issues, just as I’m cleaning my studio, and getting lots accomplished.

This is a good place to notice the irritation. I can go two ways with it. I can see it as something that needs fixing, adjusting , or a more sensitive other.

Another way is to just notice the cues. When something doesn’t go our way, intrudes on our attention, takes time we think we don’t have, we can notice how we brace against it, and even explore it as a signal, like a dark place in a dream.

When we paint, there is often some part of the painting that irritates or disturbs us.

We would like the painting to stay in it’s place, not take us too far out of our comfort zone. We do our best, to ignore, fix or cover up the offensive part. Get the plumber over here. I can’t stand one more day of dripping.¬† But that call to attention may have something to offer, if only patience. If I followed the drip, maybe it leads to more flow, more capacity to open to what show up, more generosity with things that seem to pull my attention away from where I think I want it to go.

When we open our attention  to include what shows up, new insights can be gained, and a more fluid receptivity can be had. I will try two more days of dripping, and get back to you, really. And maybe, I just need to get my own yoga mat out, and do some breathing.

For those of you wanting more to read, I recently was published in a local magazine.

Title of the article is Anticipation:
http://epicmag.org/pdfs/abq-september-october-2014/, pg. 13

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