Sunday, June 6, 2010

life is a beach

If you live the sacred and despise the ordinary,
you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion.
~Zen Master Lin-Chi



distracted by shiny objects said...

"Ocean of delusion..." For some reason I think I will be stealing that phrase!!

Amy said...

Wow, Lydia, that quote is definitely gives one pause. I'll probably be thinking about that all day long - thank you (I guess!).

The graphic has to be San Francisco Ocean Beach - the windmill and the Beach Chalet. The latter, btw, has been completely restored and has a fantastic mural. We had a great celebration there when my youngest graduated from SF State.

Hattie said...

Where did you get that wacky postcard? Last time I was at Ocean Beach I froze my patootie off!

Lydia said...

distracted~ Have at it!

Amy~ I am grateful to you for identifying the actual beach. Your comments are a huge addition to the post. I actually thought it was a sort of mental collage and not an actual beach. The chalet looks/sounds like a wonderful place!

Hattie~ It's not a postcard, but a painting that I found at Most of the artists there have hot links to their sites when you click on the painting/photo embedded. It appears this artist didn't include the link in the embedded image. See Amy's explanation? Are you familiar with that beach?

Owen said...

So... should we embrace the ordinary ? and cast off the sacred ?

But I see sacred traits in many ultra-ordinary sights... what a conundrum. Think I'll have to sleep on this one... nothing like a good night's sleep to clear cobwebs...

Phivos Nicolaides said...

What a great quote! Have a wonderful new week ahead my dear Lydia.

Lydia said...

Owen~ I too discover the sacred in certain ordinary things. And I wonder if that isn't one conclusion we were meant to draw? I think there are probably more than one conclusion here...maybe some sleep will unlock some more.

Phivos~ Glad you liked it. Here's wishing you a great week too. (In an earlier post I said I would not complain about the rain, but oh my it is just pouring right now...) said...

My ears were burning so I Google'd and found this thread :) Yes, indeed, this is my painting of Ocean Beach. I surfed there quite a bit back in the day, and in this piece you can see figures representing myself as well as my wife Nikki and daughter, Sienna, flying a kite.

Thanks for including my work here on your blog - much appreciated. I also did one of the giant SF Hearts this year. You can learn more on my main site,

John Kraft

Lydia said...

NikkieEinfeld~ How thrilling, John, to have a message from the artist of this painting. I was especially drawn to it and I love knowing some background information about it. btw: I "like" you on Facebook! I'll definitely take a look at your main site and am so glad you left it here for others also. Thank you.



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