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Dealing with obstacles, by Marcelle Hanselaar

Dealing with obstacles 1 © Marcelle Hanselaar

Dealing with obstacles 1 of 4

Dealing with obstacles 2 © Marcelle Hanselaar

Dealing with obstacles 2 of 4

Dealing with obstacles 3 © Marcelle Hanselaar

Dealing with obstacles 3 of 4

Dealing with obstacles 4 © Marcelle Hanselaar

Dealing with obstacles 4 of 4 :-)

Many thanks to Marcelle Hanselaar

21 Responses

  1. Humorous, with excellent poignancy.

    Beautiful economy of line, as well.

    Amy Dyson

  2. Marcelle thank you for the perfect pictures

  3. Simplistic, yet insightful….

  4. Got the message! hehe =)

  5. i was working in my garden in the sun when i came across this blog, it was so sunny that i could not see clearly so i decided i had to go into the dark room in order to see clearly…..then it came to me, to some extent is that not what life is all about, embracing the dark times in order to see the full picture……

  6. Although, I understood very well what the last caricature had to say, making peace with the situations in our lives and just “let it be”. But, what does the 1st and 2nd picture say that is different. Sorry I thought they mean the same. I may be wrong, please enlighten me. Much Thanks.

  7. Ha! That’s very Buddhist. Thanks again.

    • I see in panel one that our monk has identified an obstacle and wishes to get confirmation and support that it is an obstacle. In panel two he desires to have the obstacle submit to his will, in three he submits to the obstacle. In four monk is monk, rock is rock.
      Oh what a good boy am I.

  8. Awesome!

  9. I love this!

  10. i thought the end would be the obstacle disappearing, since obstacles just appear and disappear like everything else in the mind

  11. That is true Sara. The obstacle has disappeared in #4. Do you not see it? There is a rock. There is a monk. But there is no obstacle.



  12. _()_

  13. I just love the various ways of how we can deal with obstacles. :-)

  14. I absolutely LOVE this. The smile in 4 of 4 warms my heart.

  15. Sangha

  16. These images have made me so happy. I am going to put them where I can be reminded daily that life’s perceived obstacles are just that ‘perceived’ and we make them real with our resistance. Thank you so much for this beautiful insight. Metta

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