Sunday, June 17, 2018

Little rituals as art

What is a little ritual?  Something ordinary.  A moment when awareness sees the ordinary as something other.  A gesture.  A pause.  A stepping out of time.  

Sometimes a little ritual is left by other hands.
A glimpse into another sense of meaning.

Sometimes a little ritual is our play
that moves beyond us into its own meaning. 

The ordinary is simple.

Yet the experience of simplicity can lead to a profound silence.

  A little ritual is a celebration.  A present moment changing. 

 A thought held in a timeless moment 

A little ritual is really seeing, even if just for a moment.

"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot,
but there are others who,
thanks to their art and their intelligence,
transform a yellow spot into the sun."
Pablo Picasso

My reflections on the present moment, silence and little rituals has been inspired by Ajahn Viradhammo, Abbot of Tisarana Buddhist Monastery in Perth, Ontario.  
Thank you for your beautiful teaching.