Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Beautiful Verb: Soulful Thoughts

Graffiti

"What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle's books The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose were life changing books for me. I had never once had the idea that my brain (whom Eckhart calls "the thinker") was a separate entity from who I actually am. To realize this concept was an epiphany, and offered me great relief and peace from the torment of my worrying brain thoughts. In Eckhart's words, "The brain does not create consciousness, but conciousness created the brain, the most complex physical form on earth, for its expression." The idea of the brain as purely an expressive tool of the real source of who we are, our consciousness, was a very freeing thought. It completely resonated with me.

To me, my consciousness is my inner spirit, and I like the idea that my soul is the true leader. She's fully present inside this body I've been given, and tries her best to make her way through life with me amidst all my brain's hang-ups, fears, and self-judgments. She's the quiet voice at the bottom of my lungs, whispering words of comfort when I'm confused, sad, or afraid. She helps me to remember I'm worthy, even when my brain is convincing me I'm not (have you ever thought about how many of your self-imposed thoughts simply aren't true?). As Eckhart Tolle describes, "The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive." My soulful self cheers me on in those destructive moments. I am now aware of her (me?) every day, and she is good company.

These poor souls of ours, trapped inside our worldly minds! How do they keep their faith through all of our earthly trials and tribulations? How do they stay positive within us, surrounded by our constant, internal brain battles? As a lifelong worrier, my brain controls me more than I'd like to admit. But, the more I acknowledge my inner soul, the greater her strength becomes. She loyally defends me against my brain's attempts to define me, which is no easy task. Her gentle presence is as certain as my next breath. She is my breath. And she is action...she is strong, resilient, and empowering. She advances, she deftly outmaneuvers my brain thoughts...as I've grown older, she has gained strength and is always one step ahead. She is my beautiful verb. She is me.

“You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I'm linking up to Bonnie's Photo Art Friday - her theme this week was "graffiti". I started with an image of a wall I took in Lorton, VA. I added the text with two fonts, one called "Misdemeanor" and the other called "TWO a.m." (both were free at dafont.com). I also used Bonnie's "Ma Belle" texture at Hue/70%. The quote is from David Mitchell's book The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. It really caught my eye the first time I read it.

Photo Art Friday

23 comments:

  1. Beautifully written, Sherri, and I absolutely love the words on the wall.

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  2. this really is so moving, Sherri. I am glad you have shared such a poignant thought process as it means especially much to me Right Now as I am dealing with my own brain's injury. I followed your writing as though I were hearing the words and it made so much sense to me even in my confusion.
    BEautimous.

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  3. I enjoyed reading your post and love your 'graffiti'. Your art piece is truly beautiful visually and from the heart.

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  4. I'm truly glad to hear that your soul has your attention :) that is what I call our True Self, always love, without conditions...beautifully written Sherri :)

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  5. That image is so excruciatingly well done... on every level... beautiful!
    Happy Easter :)

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  6. Thank you for sharing both words and graffiti.
    Well done.
    Happy Easter.
    Mormor

    http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2013/03/29/photo-art-friday-march-29th-30th-grafitti/

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  7. Thought-provoking message. I think you integrated the lettering perfectly into the wall, really making it look like authentic graffiti. The Power of Now, I agree, is a very powerful book.

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  8. powerful message on a brilliantly apt background. Your narrative is thought-provoking and uplifting. I too find C. S. Lewis inspirational. Happy Easter!

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  9. wonderful photo amd such moving words. Bravo!

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  10. This is fabulous! Great job with the challenge Sherri.

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  11. Words more us in different ways and can be powerful tools.. Your post it self is food for thought -- Great graffiti editing work.
    Hugs

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  12. Beautiful artwork and lovely post :)

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  13. Love the C.S. Lewis quote. I saw that somewhere else just recently. I gotta admit, I was hoping for a poem at the end :)

    Happy Easter, Sherri.

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  14. Oh wow this one is amazing. I just love everything about it.

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  15. This is so awesome, the words, the photo, did I mention the words!! You have captured in written words so beautifully some very thought provoking things here. I need to check out his book!

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  16. This is wonderful. I Love the green ivy. and Your quote is perfect.

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  17. You did an excellent job with adding the text to the wall, I had to read further to make sure it wasn't actually on the wall to begin with.

    I am a constant worrying too and I get sick of it sometimes, especially at night when I lay down to go to sleep, but I'm not sure if I would like the book as it would confuse me and me LOL (just kidding)

    I love the CS Lewis quote.

    I hope you have a lovely and blessed Easter!

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  18. Oh Gosh, I'm a constant worrier too! These days my brain has been going on nonstop. I don't get much time to relax or nurture my inner voice so it drives me crazy sometimes.. sigh! Your words really soothed me. Thank you Sherri, so much. xo

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  19. strange, but I actually like this. Love the colors and the green plant as contrast.

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