Whenever it is an effort for me to find peace in the chaos (in this case, the chaos of current political events), I turn to nature, poetry, art, and the wisdom of writers. Today I heard a radio interview with Janet Echelman, an artist who describes her sculpture as " idiosyncratic, delicate and ephemeral," and I rushed home to look her up. Her descriptions sounded wonderful -- huge, lacy, netted sculptures showing the flowing undulations of wind. "An invitation to look up and notice the patterns around us," she said. How it came about is a gloriously synchronous story. You can hear the whole thing here if you have 10 minutes. I encourage you to find the time. It's really an inspiring and wonderful tale.
In the meanwhile, many brilliant thinkers and writers have given this topic consideration. I let their words speak for themselves and hope they bring you a sense of peace, mindfulness and loving-kindness as they do for me.
You have no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring You. Nothing seemed right. What's the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It's no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these. So I've brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me. ~ Rumi
My wish for you, and for me, is to find loving-kindness in your heart, in your actions and in your life without having to arrive anywhere.