basket

my anxious heart
gathers worries
carries them round
in a basket of woe
and won’t let go

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  1. In Buddhism the skandhas are the five functions or aspects that constitute a person’s existence, although it is taught that nothing among them is really “I” or “mine”. They are: form (matter), feeling, perception, thought and consciousness. Suffering arises when one identifies with or clings to a skandha and is extinguished by relinquishing that attachment. Further, ultimate freedom is realized by deeply seeing into the nature of the skandha as intrinsically empty of independent existence. One traditional image of the skandhas is given as a person walking around with a huge bundle of sticks and twigs (complete with thorns and splinters) tied to their back … like a huge basket (which image your piece immediately evoked), so that every step and movement inevitably produces discomfort and pain; and will continue to do so until the whole bundle is unstrapped and let to drop.

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