The Art Matrix: embracing mindful, empowering transformations

Embracing Empathy

Embracing empathy, I make the conscious intention to listen to my gut instincts.

In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZMM), and his related work entitled, Lila, Robert M. Pirsig shared insightful contemplations on truth and values. I would like to add empathy, compassion and wholehearted embrace of life to that list.

Core values

When we determine what our core values are, acceptance, growth and discovery are closer to our actual lived experiences.

The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there 

— Pirsig

We can transcend the often perplexing, challenging puzzle of existence and arrive at a fundamental path of truth — a truth that is genuinely meaning-making.


It is a puzzling thing.
The truth knocks on the door
and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for the truth,” 
and so it goes away.

— Pirsig

I wonder if this is his response to the 121 publishing houses who rejected ZMM before it was finally accepted by William Morrow. After that, it sold around 50,000 copies in the first month on the market

Having respect and compassion starts from within. In fear, I tend to not open the door to my truth — the erroneous truth of others can supersede my own. And, that permeates the way I deal with the world in general. On the other hand, Pirsig stuck to what he believed in despite (or maybe because of) the mental illness he struggled with.

As I open myself to being vulnerable and accepting, I am ironically developing a stronger voice and a readiness for change. Mindfully, I make the conscious intention to listen to my gut instincts.

The third chakra

Energies flowing from the third, solar plexus chakra relate to confidence and clarity of understandings of truths as we genuinely perceive them. A blockage in this area relates to feelings/thoughts of unworthiness.

Physically, if we slouch into that area it can extend a sense of weakness and fear.It is amazing how connected our bodies, minds and emotions are — standing tall affects my sense of self-worth and confidence — even if it is uncomfortable to start with.Physically, as well, I have found it requires working different muscle groups as the old slouching habits strengthened different muscles.

on this path
this welter of energies
congesting the heart, the mind, the soul

When I do particular yoga postures to work the solar plexus area, effective breathing, and standing tall overall, I can feel more confident.I am learning to trust my ‘gut’ or solar plexus symptoms and reactions to mitigate any difficulties before they get bigger.


The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there — Pirsig

The Chautauqua

Although the original Chautauqua would have been open-air meetings of cerebral, wellness-oriented people, in our stories, today, we share in similar ways.

In this sharing we expand our understandings of the meaningful ways our energies can positively affect our lives and the lives of others. 

It is a gift we have the choice to give.

to listen with the heart
it speaks louder 
than the mind

in the midst of chaos,
lies the creative 
though the cryptic is the message, 
it chimes an energy of clarity

This is very empowering, and especially so, when our thinking is wholehearted— emotionally and cognitively, individually and collectively.

to embrace the mysteries 
that trepidation, steadied
this most passionate of discoveries

through the heart we clear the path
unravelling, soothing that babel
within the mind and beyond

this warrior is ready
the dance is the sword 
through the 
cacophonous dissonance

softly in the vortex, with heart, mind and soul
opening the floodgates
freeing the muddled rivers of energy

And, we weather the inevitable storms, as gentle warriors, together lowering our shields, yet empowered in strength to persevere.

10 Traits of an Empath

1. Empaths are highly sensitive, prone to panic attacks, depression, fatigue
2. Empaths absorb other people’s emotions, exhausting heightening anxiety 
3. Many empaths as introverted out of need to be less overwhelmed
4. Empaths are highly intuitive
5. Empaths need alone time
6. Empaths can become overwhelmed in intimate relationships
7. Empaths are targets for energy vampires
8. Empaths become replenished in nature
9. Empaths have highly tuned senses
10. Empaths have huge hearts but sometime give too much

with the heart we intuit, we trust
the light through the narrow crevice
to calm the storm

— namaste, Leah 🕊

Leah J, M.Ed. Psychology, writer/artist/teacher
© Leah J.🕊 The ART Matrix 2019
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