It increasingly occurs to me
That my relationship to the parts of the world
(most significantly, others)
Is most often a reflection
Of my relationship to parts of myself.
And that until I learn how to give up
Hating, despising, fearing and judging my interior world
I can expect to have a tricky time
Loving the outer world, in which I live every day,
As fully as I could.
Justin Wise, June 2015
We’ve been having a productive time with the ‘Turning Towards Life’ project, continuing to take up questions about how each of ourselves might bring ourselves most fully and truthfully to our lives. Perhaps most pertinent to the question ‘how do I give up judging and splitting apart my inner world?’ that’s addressed by the poem above, is our episode ‘Hokusai Says‘, which takes the work of the Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai as its inspiration.
We have also considered the possibilities for our encounter with life and with one another are born when we cross the thin divide between ‘image’ and ‘realness’ in ‘The Call to Live Everything‘
And, one of my favourites, what happens when we start taking ourselves just a little bit less seriously, and start to look at ourselves as if from a distance, in ‘One Thing Among Many‘.
You can find the whole project over at www.turningtowards.life, and also as a podcast on all the major podcast platforms.