This AND That

4 Aug

Yesterday morning I noticed the bubbles on the inside of my water jar. Bubbles that had formed overnight. Something about them begged a picture. And that “something” quickly became more–became an idea illustrating for me the importance of really seeing how things are. The difference between simply looking and really seeing. How things are in relationship to themselves, in relationship to environment–in relationship to global systems. And even the relationship of various dimensions. How things fit together in this world, in this life.

The bubbles up close
bubbles

Through the water

water2

from a distance
jar

And then, from the garden, a potato:
potato

but not just a potato–a very large potato. And for the sake of scale, it’s important to me that I show the potato in relationship:

potato

I’m realizing an old tendency–one that has not always served me well– to form “story” based on just a snippet of what I see, or what I think I know. I’m looking at this. Noticing how I feel when I focus on parts only. Noticing how I feel when I focus on the whole. Part and/or whole. Realizing I don’t have to create story based upon either/or, this or that. Because in fact, it’s always BOTH.

So cloth–represents this for me. Detail. Components. Parts. Integration. Whole cloth.

bird

body

center

new cloth

15 Responses to “This AND That”

  1. jude August 4, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    same for me i think…..didn’t realize how big this was.

    • Patricia August 5, 2014 at 6:25 am #

      hi Jude. isn’t it funny? how impressions change once context is added. and the potato. no comments about it–but it was HUGE. and i ate it last night.

  2. user107055 August 4, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    exactly..but finding out the tee size made me smile..immediately , spontaneously happy to see it unfurled..welcome home…

    • Patricia August 5, 2014 at 6:25 am #

      hi cynthia! help me out here. “tee size?” i didn’t understand that.

  3. user107055 August 4, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    oops above from cynthia ..who is still imagining the warmth of the hot springs….

  4. Anonymous August 4, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    oooh, I like! Both the words and the cloth.

    • Patricia August 5, 2014 at 6:26 am #

      hi you. help me out–i love to put a name to a comment. guess that just harkens back to more context. thanks for commenting.

  5. debbie.weaver August 4, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    What fiun, love the way you revealed a little at a time.

    • Patricia August 5, 2014 at 6:27 am #

      that was serendipitous–the gradual revealing. sometimes it doesn’t present that way. so glad you’re here debbie.

  6. beth August 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Very thoughtful post. It’s got me thinking about how being the observer might even change things. And perfect illustration with your cloth. I wasn’t expecting the details to all be part of the whole there.

    • Patricia August 5, 2014 at 6:30 am #

      i know almost NO THING about quantum physics–but the one little snippet that sticks in my mind is the discovery that the observer’s thoughts/perceptions etc changes the way “things” respond. that idea just totally thrills me. and overwhelms me.

  7. karmadondruplhamo August 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    i have been carrying the images of the water bubbles with me since i first saw it. Sometimes when working with the fence wire, my mind wanders to that first image.
    And what an exercise it is to see, all the Ways of Seeing, to make that become
    more of the way of Going…..i want that. I want to acquire that kind of seeing as almost
    ritual.
    i love the bird there. This being is for me what August feels like. August, the most
    intense month of the year.

    • Patricia August 7, 2014 at 10:48 am #

      yes, i also move towards that way of seeing…that way of going. finally.

  8. karmadondruplhamo August 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    and the potato………….oh, what i wouldn’t give for this potato. they are so crisp and juicy…oh, Sigh

    • Patricia August 7, 2014 at 10:50 am #

      i was amazed at the DIFFERENCE between this potato and store bought. more amazing even than the difference between store bought vs home grown tomatoes. crisp. juicy. almost-without-starch. you’re the first to mention the potato. i’m not surprised. really, for me it was the miracle of this post!

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