Liberation Through Seeing

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I was interested in the physical practice of yoga when introduced to lotus pose by a friend’s mother when I was 5 years old. The traditional seat for meditation, I have never been known for having a quiet mind or as a good listener, let alone being able sit still … (read more)

I was interested in the physical practice of yoga when introduced to lotus pose by a friend’s mother when I was 5 years old. The traditional seat for meditation, I have never been known for having a quiet mind or as a good listener, let alone being able sit still for most of my life. Regardless, I have longed for the feelings of peace and tranquility, no matter how illusory or elusive. They say enlightenment can come from seeing and maybe that is what compels all those who create visual works. They also say it can come in an instant, like love at first sight. Years ago I was wandering the aisles of a TJ MAXX when I came across a bronze statue and lost my breath for a second. I was never interested in this type of decoration outside of a yoga studio, but I fell right in love with this multi faced and multi armed statue. I had to do some research, but found it was Avalokiteshvara, from whose tears of compassion both the Green and White Tara’s were born. I loved that so much. It felt like maybe no one’s broken hearts and crying had ever been in vain. This is my submission for #artchallenge555 #makersplaceco


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Will Kim
2019/08/10

Beautiful tones!

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ruth allen
(creator)
2019/08/10

Thank you, Will!!

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Your piece reminds me of the multidimensional inner journey we go on when we try to, and can to a certain degree quieten the 'monkey mind.' Lovely broad shapes and soft muted colours with flashes of brilliance. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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ruth allen
(creator)
2019/07/31

Thank you so much! My monkey mind is usually full of chatter. Haha.

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Greg Fiut
2019/07/29

Manipura, Anahata, Sahasrara.

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ruth allen
(creator)
2019/07/29

💛💚💜 😊

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ruth allen
(creator)
2019/07/27

I should have included this....fondest memories of kite flying and that for years before this discovery (and ever since) my email signature has included a quote from Rob Brezsny which says, “What you DO need: an open field, a windy day and a dragonish kite.”Further evidence that finding Avalokitesvara was meant to be.

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Indrani Mitra
2019/07/27

Beautiful narrative Ruth. It is heartfelt and touching. Dad used to say nothing that you say and do is in vain - it is just that you sometimes dont know how to connect the result.. .. and yes Meditation helps - it quietens and centers the mind - the days that I meditate I find I am more calm and patient .This makes me remember times back when Grandmas and aunts would tell bedtime stories about gods and goddesses .. those help me navigate through life even to this day.

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ruth allen
(creator)
2019/07/27

❤️❤️❤️❤️ oh my goodness, how wonderful!! Our bedtime stories were full of gnashing teeth, humor and lessons coming out of Appalachia as they did. I love love love your Dad’s perspective and thank you for sharing all of this with me!

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♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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What a beautiful story that accompanies the image synchronously. Beautiful!

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ruth allen
(creator)
2019/07/27

Thank you, so much! This was an unexpected story and a lot of fun to create.

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