Monday, October 4, 2010

The Book of Torsos #4-The Body-Nothing Else

Print, based on a blue pastel I made for seeking kali, 8 by 10 inches.
You can see that pastel in the seeking kali video in my side bar, it's the first image on there.

Or the waterfall, or music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but you are the music
While the music lasts. These are only hints and guesses,
Hints followed by guesses; and the rest
Is prayer, observance, discipline, thought and action.
The hint half guessed, the gift half understood, is Incarnation.
~T.S.Eliot, from 'Dry Salvages.'

Antonio Damasio uses this quote in his book "The Feeling of What Happens," in which he describes consciousness and in particular its biological underpinnings. I love his books. Reading them leaves me in awe for what we (merely) are, and inspires respect for our fragility. Like I wrote before: 'The body is finite and limited. Life is fragile and precious.' No need to elaborate on why this feels important to me against the background of 2 cancers I guess. It's Damasio's books and my Buddhist background that inspired the title of my blog the body-nothing else.


Coffee Messiah said...

Thanks for the FB friend-ing.

Sorry to hear about your "stuff" but then again, although it sounds trite, it all seems to be a part of life, whether we want it or not.

Lucky I can't afford a dr. I guess.

Aside from that, even though I'm a male, and think much different than anyone in my family about everything, losing a part of your body, although mentally a problem maybe, and or a problem for others, really isn't anything of a sort.

I know 2 blind people that see more than I do, and a friend who only has thumbs and little fingers and they all do fine.

I don't know, guess it's all what you make of the situation.

And unless your friends treat you different, what's the purpose in worrying about what others think.

Yikes, sorry.....

Cheers to your positive spirit!

William Evertson said...

It's very interesting to compare the brown earthy torso to the blue version. They make an interesting pair. I see one as the human and one as the spirit.

jbkrost said...

You have posted some very powerful and personal art.....
it's all very good!

Ria Vanden Eynde said...

:) thx all!
Interesting point Bill, I *like* that idea.