We Want To Be Secure

I know a family who has created a beautiful refuge in the Dresden area of Germany. They have been through the First World War and bombing of Dresden and as non party citizens in the East Germany GDR . Now they have a lovely large landscaped piece of land and plenty of income security; something they have strived for all of their lives. With all of this their lives remain deeply unsettled and anxious and they continue to worry about their security.

We are quite normally raised to think that when we close the windows and doors of our house and stay inside, we can feel very secure, safe and unmolested. But life is not like that. Life is constantly knocking at our door, trying to push open our windows that we may see more; and if out of fear we lock the doors, bolt all the windows, the knocking only grows louder. It seems from my own experience that the closer we cling to security in any form, the more life comes and pushes us. The more we are afraid and enclose ourselves, the greater is our suffering, because life won’t leave us alone. We want to be secure but life says we cannot be; and so our struggle .

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 the 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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