On the subject of hands, right after my Dad passed away a year ago I came across this excerpt from Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh called Look into Your Hand:
"I have a friend who is an artist. Before he left Vietnam forty years ago, his mother held his hand and told him, "Whenever you miss me, look into your hand, and you will see me immediately" How penetrating these simple, sincere words!
Over the years, my friend looked into his hand many times. The presence of his mother is not just genetic. Her spirit, her hopes, and her life are also in him. When he looks into his hand, he can see thousands of generations after him. He can see that he exists not only in the evolutionary tree branching along the axis of time, but also in the network of interdependent relations. He told me that he never feels lonely."
Last week I lead the start of a monthly Zentangle class at New Moon in Spokane. We were a fun and cozy group. Since Valentines Day is coming I thought I would try to teach them the tangle Heart Rope by Bunny Wright from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. It was a bit complicated at first, but many variations were discovered and it all worked out in the end. I am working on a video of this tangle and as soon as I can get my Luddite brain around the technology involved, I'll do it. Until then here are the step outs for Heartrope. I've come up with a fun variation that I will also share soon.
I have been reading out of the Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo and some days I think he wrote it just for me, it's so spot on with what I am experiencing that moment. While I was thinking about hearts and hands I came across this excerpt in the same book:
"If you place two heart cells from different people in a petrie dish, they will find and maintain a third and common beat. - Molly Vass
...Yet we often tire ourselves by fighting how our hearts want to join, seldom realizing that both strength and peace come from our hearts beating in unison with all that is alive."
My husband and I will be celebrating Valentines at a special place this year. I hope the door to your heart flies open to love from unexpected places!