Enough for the day: on the eve

Lynda and old monk hands SQ

On the eve of the Patra Passage launch, I am sitting in my studio surrounded with the finished 108 patra vessels about to be sent off to the first wave of participants. During the last year-and-a-half, their making has been a purposeful meditation of gratitude. The many challenges during this time reminded me again and again that I am not just the maker of vessels, I am within the passage as a participant too – the inner and the outer work in collaboration. Always, the bowl serves as a powerful reminder that whatever is bestowed is enough for the day, an offering requiring presence to receive. Maybe that is why there are so many of them in my studio and home. Sometimes I need a lot of reminding!

This project has been emerging in a slow unfolding for over a decade. Whatever its future outcome, I’m excited for the launch and the opportunity to send the bowls on their next passage. So often I have thought of you, the recipients, those known and unknown, and offered well-being through the work of my hands. In this small and humble way, I send goodwill on its pilgrimage.

“Part of the work cannot be made, it must be received: and we cannot have this gift except, perhaps, by supplication, by courting, by creating within ourselves that “begging bowl” to which the gift is drawn… (Then) the gift must stay in motion. It is only when the gift has worked in us, only when we have come up to its level, as it were, that we can give it away again. Passing the gift along is the act of gratitude that finishes the labor. The transformation is not accomplished until we have the power to give the gift on our own terms.” – LEWIS HYDE

3 comments on “Enough for the day: on the eve

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    Anita E. Stauffer

    Wishing you and all participants in the Patra launch the renaissance that comes with presence to the mysteries of giving and receiving. Sending warm wishes for a joyful celebration together. Anita

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    When I met you today, you mentioned having worked on a project for a year and a half. I wish we’d had time for me to ask you more questions and been able to discuss your Patra Progress project. I wish I’d known about it before today but I’m happy the vessels will be returned in February 2015 for another viewing. If you will be sending out a newsletter or information prior to February 2015, please add me to the list. Your work is beautiful and thoughtful and I’d love to see it in person.

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