Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#157 - 159 out of a thousand ways to have a happy artist's life - Create meaning

"Don't ever lose heart"  collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
While creating my morning pages, every day, I try to be selective about what is playing in the background, often a dharma talk or current research on compassion and neuroscience.  So yesterday I was listening to Scilla Elworthy at the Dare to Care Youth Gathering - Empathy and Compassion in Society.

She was talking about having spoken at a rave (yes, as in music event) and she was asked what can we do with the world being in the condition it's in.  How do we keep from losing heart?  She suggesting a 3 step process:
#1. Find the one thing that breaks your heart, that has always broken your heart. The desire to heal this broken heart will give you energy to continue in spite of all odds.
#2. Find the things that crack your heart open with respect and joy. This can be people, books, ideas, art, friendship... many things. These things will help you heal the broken heart.
#3. What are your skills, your gifts? They can be used to help heal the things that break your heart. Using them in acts of generosity towards alleviating the sorrows you find in the world.

Just three things. Very simple, very easy. And you will find yourself able to create a happy, meaningful artist's life.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Lani, for this timely post. Oh how I need this balm today. Being more selective in my background music, sounds, podcasts (especially when already feeling defeated) is a helpful reminder. Thank you across geographic distance; with you in artistic heart. ��

Lani Gerity said...

You are very welcome, Anonymous!
Here's where the text came from:

"Whatever you lose,
Let it be lost,
But don’t ever lose heart"

- Ajaan Fuang Jottiko

yakov sherk said...

Thank You for this nice blog ! it is very important to have the skills that will make you stronger and will help you in the difficult moment! Short, clear and helpful !