Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday (and Monthly) Mosaic - Week of July 2, 2012

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Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch, nay, you may kick it all about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Here we are in July already. How in the world did that happen? For Mosaic Monday, I'm doubling up with my Monthly Mosaic challenge for June.

The themes for each month come from this chart. The color this month is cream and many of the photos included in this mosaic relate in some way to the fact that June is also my birth month:
  1. A rose - the birth flower of June
  2. The moon - the planet of the sign of Cancer, which I am.
  3. The bed in the Hermitage at St. Mary's Sewannee.  I began the month on personal retreat there.
  4. Pearls - the birthstone of June
  5. A magnolia blossom shot while on retreat
  6. My parents' polariod which was manufactured in my birth year (1965) along with a a shot of me on my first birthday, and more June roses.
  7. Cappucino - A Beyond Layers challenge and my favorite coffee beverage
  8. Reunited with my camera which I thought was lost, but was only misplaced.
  9. A lazy, hazy, Sunday afternoon with Grandog Crockett

The theme concepts for June are truth, purity, and hope. I decided to focus on truth and selected the quote above from Oliver Wendell Holmes because it mirrors in a way what I'm finding as I wrestle with certain truths in my life at the moment and coming to terms with loss and reaching a point of acceptance.

It is hard to know sometimes what the truth is,especially when it doesn't make sense in my reality. I've spent more than enough time poking at bubbles that simply will not break. The problem is that bubble IS truth and is not influenced at all by my reality or perceptions. It is what is and no amount of ruminating, speculating, reasoning, inquiring or such will fundamentally change the shape or form of what is.

Everything contained within the bubble is true, even the seeming contradictions that defy explanation. It all makes up the whole, the bottom line, the final answer.

This weekend, I finished reading The Wisdom of a Broken Heart by Susan Piver. Out of the multitude of books I've read whilst poking at bubbles, this has been by far the most helpful.

Rather than getting to truth and having answers, she says "The gateway to widsom is not-knowing. If you already think you know, nothing new can enter." (I highlighted this part)

Although healing is the ultimate objective of the book, it is not really about how to "get over" someone; rather how to use the time of heartbreak, and all those uncomfortable feelings and emotions, to grow spiritually. She suggests that the path of heartbreak is the only way to reach the depths necessary to experience profound spirtual transformation.

The tough part, is that you must feel those feelings. There are no short cuts here, and there are many ways to avoid this work including three forms of laziness: regular, becoming disheartened, and being busy. I've turned the latter two into art forms of late.

And so, as I move forward in July which is a milestone month for me in many ways, I'm going stop being so "lazy" and get with the program that the great teacher has outlined for me. What that means for my blog, or how much I'll share here, I'm not sure yet. The line between privacy (for myself and others) and beneficial self disclosure (again for myself and others) is a fine one indeed.

One of the things I love about music and song lyrics is that they help tremendously when it comes to access emotions. Last night I went to see Mindy Smith at 3rd & Lindsley. Truthfully, I wasn't sure I knew who she was, but I'd seen and liked her opening act, Angel Snow, once before.

Angel was fantastic, and I am now Mindy's newest fan. I didn't realize she had been the opening act for a concert I attended many years ago until she played her song "Tennessee." Her song, "Love Lost" is going on my newly minted "feel those feelings" playlist and hooked me right away with the "long hot summer" reference as we've hit record temps here in Tennessee this week...

It's been a long hot summer,
And I'm still trying to leave you alone.
But it's just getting hotter the more I try to let you go.

I don't want to feel this blue.
I want to be over you.
I don't want to feel this blue.
But I do.

It's been a hard year this fall,
And I still don't know where you're running from.
And the sky keeps on spinning.
The stars are running and hidin' from the sun.

I don't want to feel this blue.
I want to be over you.
I don't want to feel this blue.
But I do.

But love lost if the heart needs a reason to cry for,
If the heart needs a reason to lie for lie for, to lie for
There's no better reason but love lost.

Love lost if the heart needs a reason to try for
If the heart needs a reason to die for, to die for
There's no better reason than love lost

It's been a while since I've saw you
I still don't know what you're running for
Guess you were looking around for something better
Or something more

Don't want to feel this blue.
I want to be over you.
I don't want to feel this blue.

The love lost if the heart needs a reason to cry for
If the heart needs a reason to lie for, to lie for
There's no better reason than love lost

Love lost if the heart needs a reason to try for
If the heart needs a reason to die for, to die for
There's no better reason than love lost

Love lost if the heart needs a reason to cry for
If the heart needs a reason to lie for, to lie for
There's no better reason than love lost

Oh love lost if the heart needs a reason to try for
If the heart needs a reason to die for, to die for
There's no better reason than love lost

It's been a long hot summer
And I'm still trying to leave you alone.
But it's just getting hotter the more I try to let you go.

Don't want to feel this blue
I want to be over you
I don't want to feel this blue
But I do

That's it for me now. Hope all my American friends have something fun planned for the fourth. I'm anticipating a visit from my baby boy and his bride, so I'm looking forward to spending time with them. I wasn't expecting them to get home before Christmas so this is a great suprise.



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5 comments:

  1. A lovely montage of everything June! Happy Birth Month and hope you're having a good summer. And I agree, songs have a magical way of getting right at the heart of our emotions.

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  2. Oh my gosh, Piver's quote "The gateway to wisdom is not knowing ...," is so profound. I will have to print and post that somewhere!! Thanks for letting us peek through the window of you life to feel the feelings and know someone else does too. ;-> PS I'm having a grand time in Kim and Xanthe's Behind the Scenes class! In case you haven't gotten to my blog in a while, you can see some posts that reveal the lessons. Wishing you well.

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  3. Beautiful collage, LeAnne! Your words gives us something to think about!
    Thanks for your help with my picture on the previous post!
    Have a nice day!

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  4. Really a lovely collage, the tones are just heavenly!!

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