berndwuersching:

Max LachnitTrümmerfrau (“Rubble woman”), 1945/46Made from bits of coloured stone found in the ruins of Dresden after its destruction by allied bombers on 12/13 February 1945. Trümmerfrauen were the women who cleared the rubble in the bombed out cities of Germany in the late 1940s.height 52 cm

berndwuersching:

Max Lachnit
Trümmerfrau (“Rubble woman”), 1945/46
Made from bits of coloured stone found in the ruins of Dresden after its destruction by allied bombers on 12/13 February 1945. Trümmerfrauen were the women who cleared the rubble in the bombed out cities of Germany in the late 1940s.
height 52 cm

If you notice that you are feeling bad, do this: Feel perfectly okay about feeling bad. Think, It’s okay with me if I feel bad. I feel fine about that. It’s just something else to feel. Give it no importance whatsoever. Don’t even care that you feel bad. See your bad feeling as having no meaning or significance in any way. If you can do this, you will be feeling good before you know it. You will even see the humor in your own bad feelings. When you see the humor in your own negative feelings, when you see the absurdity of your contracted state, and when you can lightly make fun of yourself and your habitual woeful feelings, suddenly you will be rejuvenated and filled with lighthearted energy. It is one of the most enjoyable freedoms to experience—the freedom from your own fears and aversions, the freedom from your irrational reasons for feeling bad. When you enjoy this particular freedom, it is a great initiation. You will spontaneously light up from within. In this state, every word and action radiates light into the world, radiates healing, rejuvenating energies to all those around you, without you even thinking about it. As long as we are willing to allow a negative emotion take over our attention, then we will be constantly pulled back into unpleasant, contracted states. Negativity is contracting. Light, love, and bliss are expanding. Go towards the Light.

If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.

When we feel unsafe with someone and still stay with him, we damage our ability to discern trustworthiness in those we will meet in the future.

Pale sunlight,
pale the wall.

Love moves away.
The light changes.

I need more grace
than I thought.

– Rumi, from “Dissolver of sugar,” The Essential Rumi. Trans. Barks, Coleman. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1994. (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)