Our fixation on a particular outcome makes us afraid of any other. It’s this kind of fear that makes me so often reach for a pencil rather than a brush. I can be as bold or as subtle as I want with a pencil. I have been drawing all my life. When I pick up a pencil I am confident about what I can make it do. Not so with paint; paint surprises me, gets away from me and challenges me. Painting instills fear in me precisely because I can't control the way it comes out.
The Power of Art to Surprise and Delight
By turning this fear on it's head we get an empowering perspective: painting has the capacity not just to disappoint me (my fear) but to surprise and delight me.
The only way we get away from fear of disappointment is to accept from the get-go of any project that if it is worth doing, it will contain it's share of difficulties; and that experiencing difficulties is not evidence of failing but evidence of stretching.
So as in the forward bend, the only way to stretch is to be with the work; to relax into it; to see what we need to let go of in order to improve; to be committed to practicing regularly; to accept that we are involved in a process of becoming and that we probably won't arrive today. To start believing that the only worthwhile goal is to stretch.
What might you let go of in order to stretch?
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