Delightful little schmoos

“Through all the years of my practice from psychotherapy, from psychedelics, from meditation and yoga, I have never gotten rid of a single neurosis. They are still there. But they have gone from being huge scary monsters to delightful little schmoos. I see one coming along and I say, ‘Oh there you are again. I remember you. Tricky little thing, aren’t you?'” ~Ram Dass

My experience has been very much like what Ram Dass describes. No matter how much work I do, none of my neuroses have ever disappeared. I’ve learned to recognize them better and to befriend them so I can better moderate their impact, but they are still there. I no longer see that as failure. Rather, I celebrate it as successful monster taming every time one transforms into a “delightful little schmoo.”

 

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Loss makes artists of us all

fabric being woven on a loom

“Loss makes artists of us all as we weave new patterns in the fabric of our lives.” ~G.W. Crosby

I love the idea of loss making us artists. Loss is hard and painful, but imagining the recreation of a new live after loss as the work of an artist weaving a new pattern brings some comfort and inspiration to the process. We’d all rather be weaving the same of patterns we knew and loved, but if those old patterns are no longer possible, we might as well embrace our inner artists and get creative with the new patterns we weave!