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Sometimes the biggest challenge in any day is escaping from one's subjective viewpoint, to an extent sufficient that one can access some level of empathy and compassion -- regardless of target. This is made much more difficult in the context of chronic illness or of having fallen into habitual life patterns due to stressful events. Mindfulness meditation can help with this, but only when it's a consistent daily activity. The weekend warrior approach isn't optimal.
In my mind, there is a subtle difference between using your child's art as a springboard to your own (more adult? more sophisticated? more technically capable?) creations, and allowing your art to be used as a springboard for your child's creations. See the comments for what I am talking about. What do you think about either of these approaches?
I have been thinking off and on all day about Thich Naht Hanh being ill and in hospital, and possibly in a the throes of a terminal illness. It has brought up a lot of conflicting reflections about not only illness and death, but how strongly should one cling to teacher? Are the teachings lost when the teacher leaves? What actually *is* a teacher? The person? The words? The example? The illustration of what is possible?