August 15-C, 2022

Biedler Forest 02 11/22/2019 Oil Paint Rendered — Audubon Four Hole Swamp Wildlife Refuge, Harelyville, South Carolina
Joseph Campbell said that when Alan Watts asked him,
"Joe, what form does your yoga take?"
Campbell replied, "I underline passages."

Our yoga connects us with the truth
at the heart of our existence,
upholding us,
calling us more fully into our life--
the life that is truly ours to live,
though we might have to do something else
to pay the bills.

Another word for "yoga" is "art."

What form does your art take?

My art takes the form of photographic images
and philosophic/spiritual/metaphysical discourse.

My wife's art takes the form
of arraigning furniture and sit-a-bouts, inside,
and plants and flower beds, outside,
in ways that are just right and pleasing to the eye
and to the heart and soul.

Our art brings us forth,
makes us known to ourselves
and to all those who take the time
to see what they look at.

Without our art--
except for our art--
we spend our time
walking around
failing to see what we look at.

Our art engages us
with our life--
with all of life--
and invites/enables us
to come to life
within the life we are living.

What form does your art take?

You can't make it up.

Our art chooses us
as surely as the wand chooses the wizard.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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