Contrast
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We approach an edge and the end of a cycle. This is an interesting space, it brings into focus the issue of contrast, the contrast of where we have been and where we are headed. Without contrast we don’t have an edge to walk between the past and the future. Contrast permeates the life of our senses and often our inner experience as well. So what do I mean by contrast? There is this rising and falling, expanding and contracting, everything is either dying or being born or moving between these two processes, things come into being then they slowly disintegrate. There is even a sense of this in the seasons within their natural march from one to the other and thus we recognize the contrast between winter and spring. There is always this interesting contrast to experience and the contrast is very important because without it things begin to lose their definition, they get muddy and hard to read. Contrast is what brings much of our life into focus in a meaningful way. It allows us to experience the richness and variety of our world. On a more practical level it helps us differentiate the toilet from the sink so that we don’t stick our heads in the toilet. Which is funny or disturbing to think about but if you have ever watched a child...they don’t have the same understanding...and often the toilet becomes a sink for them. So perhaps contrast is learned and perhaps it is mostly a good thing but it sometimes doesn’t feel very good. The intensity of connection and attachment to things or people or ideas creates a sense of emotional contrast within us that is intensified when we lose our physical connection to another or when our beliefs are called into question. The contrast is one of feeling and one of placement in terms of the people we care about. For most of us, if we are honest, we see this kind of contrast not simply as contrast but as a negative, as painful and something to recoil from or to fear...when in fact it is just contrast and it exists really only to bring something about our experience into focus…which isn’t to say that we don’t feel pain or suffer...obviously we do. So if you're feeling anxious, I am not telling you to "have a nice day". I am suggesting that there is another way of seeing without so much anxiety…this way of seeing requires that we frame contrast in a different light...

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