The Millennial Mom series explores the undercurrent of everyday suffering caused by ego and our unconsciousness regarding illusions. This tale is told in four parts: Myth, Descent, Darkness, and Light.
The seeking of happiness through validation, dressed up as the pursuit of perfection.
Cracks appear, in the Myth. Life is not what we thought it was going to be. We feel alone and afraid, and to blame, for we are somehow not good enough. We run from our pain, and try to numb it out.
The main affliction of our modern civilization is that we don’t know how to handle the suffering inside us and we try to cover it up with all kinds of consumption.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
Anger. Resentment. Criticism and blame. Numbing out. Distraction. Disengagement.
Our resistance to what is.
Only in leaning in to our suffering does our grief transform into the final chapter, where awareness and compassion lead us to find peace, acceptance and love.
Forgive Me, 2017, oil on canvas, 76.2 x 61 cm, 30 x 24 in