“Surrendering in the most sacred sense. Not to the religious, to the state, nor to a maddening state of mind, but to the best of the self, connecting with the best of other selves.”

Patti Smith, The Melting 11

Rachelle Lima
San Joaquin River
Oil on wood panel

I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for
may for once spring clear
without my contriving.

If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.

Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,
streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Barrows, Anita. Rilke's Book of Hours (pp. 51-52). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.


Stop wearing out your shoes.

Raphael Sadeler I
Allegory of Gluttony, Wealth, Lust, and Stupidity, 1588


John Coburn
Phoenix, 1971
Gouache on paper

Physical, solitary, silent

“The best rituals are physical, solitary, and silent: These are the ones that register most deeply with the unconscious.”

Robert Johnson - Inner Work

©Buck Melville — Los Angeles