The Spirituality of Imperfection

 

Sometimes it seems to me that our conditioning is such that  we look to our gurus, teachers and ourselves for perfection but the truth is much more that real beauty, compassion and love are more found in a connection with our humanity which is far from perfect.

I  have included an excerpt here from an article by Maria Popova.

Storytelling and the Search for Meaning. “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” The poet John Keats once described the ideal state of the psyche as negative capability — the ability “of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” “The truth of life is its mystery,”echoed Joyce Carol Oates. This comfort with mystery and the unknown, indeed, is at the heart not only of poetic existence but also of the most rational of human intellectual endeavors, as many of history’s greatest scientific minds have attested. And yet, caught between the opinion culture we live in and our deathly fear of being wrong, we long desperately for absolutism, certitude, and perfect truth.

For the complete article written by Maria Popova http://charterforcompassion.org/node/4347

Author: Gord Clements

I find some satisfaction in the act of attempting to express my experience of life through painting, writing, language and other art forms. I have been painting for over thirty five years and combine my love of art with a meditative and contemplative way of life. I have an intuitive sense that true creativity is something that arises from beyond and through Qthe self that can be explored and shared through some form of expression although I always hope to open to the influence of that which is beyond my limited sense of self.

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