No Evil.

No Evil by Meghan Oona Clifford web

No Evil, or: In Which Jordon, Ian, And Meghan Oona Hear No Evil, See No Evil, And Speak No Evil. 2011 | 18″ x 24″ | graphite and paints on vellum

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“We all have bloody thoughts.” ~Says the Civil War General in Deadwood. And we all also have the innate ability to let them go. To see them, embrace them, take care of them, and let them go. We can develop strategies to limit our consumption of evil:

“The way we eat, the way we consume, is very important… Our food may contain anger… Be careful what you eat. If you eat anger, you will become and express anger. If you eat despair, you will express despair. If you eat frustration, you will express frustration… The consumption of cultural items is also linked to anger. Therefore, developing a strategy for consuming is very important… When you listen to the news, when you read a newspaper article, when you discuss something with others, are you ingesting the same kind of toxins that you ingest when you eat unmindfully? …The Buddha never advised us to suppress our anger. He taught us to go back to ourselves and take good care of it.”
~Thich Naht Hahn, Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames.

I just love Thich Naht Hahn. Here, he offers a formula for preventing and healing our anger. It’s not so much about ignoring or stifling, which can cause dangerous eruptions later, but rather, a gentle mindfulness applied like a balm to self-heal our more disturbing emotions. I really believe in the strength of mindfulness; that we can apply it when we experience anger and anger’s children: irritation, jealousy, arrogance, and frustration. If we care enough to take the time to develop curative strategies for dealing with our emotions, we can share this by example. It all starts with the individual. Then together we can awake to the potential of more compassionate relating and existing. It’s in this place that we’ll see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.

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