30. Join the Festivities
Tara sits beautiful and joyful in a garden of flowers—poppies and petunias, crimson and pinks. She holds a blossoming navy-blue lotus in her left hand and her right hand is open in the gesture of generosity. Her hair is neatly coiled in a topknot and her ornaments are dazzling gold. This gentle, loving and compassionate bodhisattva is framed by an array of multi-hued bells, clappers sounding in the gentle breeze.
Beloved, celebrate the strength, solidity and compassion of the Tara within you. This may be a time of outward celebration—a birthday, a festive occasion, a personal victory of some sort. Or yes, Tara’s day! Or, this may be a time of darkness and difficulty, when there seems nothing to celebrate. Whatever your external circumstance, this is a time to connect with joy.
Hear the bells ring at different tones and pitches. You are alive. Enjoy your breath! You are here. If there is an external cause for celebration, enjoy, even luxuriate in it. If the world seems gloomy, even sorrowful, find something in this moment that brings you joy. Take comfort in impermanence, This too shall pass. Be creative: sew, paint, write, dance, play an instrument, walk, spend time with a loved one. Practice gratitude.
Tara is here to remind you about the words from the Metta meditation:
“May I know how to nourish the seeds of joy in myself every day.
May I be able to live fresh, solid and free.”
Oracle Reading: Dr. Ranjini George
Artwork: Lasha Mutual
Reference for the Metta/Love Meditation:
From Thich Nhat Hanh, Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices. Parallax Press, 2009.
- 113-114, “This is a love meditation adapted from the Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification) by Buddhaghosa, a fifth-century CE systematization of the Buddha’s teachings.”
About the Artist:
Lasha Mutual’s deep commitment to Buddhist theory and practice has suffused her artistic expression, giving rise to a body of work paying homage to Buddhist deities. Amongst these works is a series of 108 paintings of White Tara, blending the action of painting with a meditative contemplation and focus.
Creating art, exploring Buddhist philosophy and formal meditation have all become intertwined, each aspect nurturing the others, creating a richer ability for visualization and connection during practice. Lasha hopes that her intention to cultivate a generous, peaceful, and clear mind becomes manifest in her paintings and can be shared with others.
Lasha lives with her husband, son and an abundance of pets in a little yellow brick cottage in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.