This collage was inspired mainly by the book “A new earth” written by Eckhart Tolle and given to me by a very good friend. He hits the nail on the head when referring to our active pain-body that wants to renew itself through experiencing more pain. We keep reminding ourselves of events that caused pain, telling ourselves “if no one will listen, I will listen to myself in my head.” By doing so, we keep creating pain we experienced in the past, keeping the pain going. This has an effect on our emotional and physical health. He suggests, we break this cycle and start living in the here and now.
Tolle proposes that we let go of roles assigned to us by society and this is what I found the most striking. From the day we are born, we are given roles and we mostly play up to them. We follow the script. The more we identify with those roles the more inauthentic we become. We create suffering for ourselves.
Having read Tolle’s book I stumbled across a TED talk entitled “Stop being a bystander in your own life”. I found it very enjoyable to watch. It is short and snappy. No nonsense. Tracy Edwards reminds us that life is messy and that a so-called teenage misfit can very well be successful if they persevere. Her story was very encouraging.
I brought the book, talk and my own experiences together in this collage which I entitled “Bystander” combining the expected life and often lived reality with the wishful and hopefully achieved version of life.
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