Sfumato: embracing ambiguity & uncertainty
“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but those whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”
~Leonardo da Vinci
Our practice and exploration of our willingness or resistance to embrace change and uncertainty continues with Part 2 of “Sfumato.”
Week 1: In week 1, Part 2 of “Sfumato,” note the number of times in a day you use an absolute like always, certainly, never or absolutely. What are your reasons for doing so?
Week 2: This week, note the number of times in a day when your language is ambiguous or open-ended. What are the reasons or thought processes behind it?
Week 3: Throughout the week, pay attention to how you end sentences and close conversations. Do you conclude with a statement or a question?
Week 4: Change and constancy: Note three significant changes you have made in life (personality, lifestyle, diet, etc.) and three aspects of your life that have remained constant.
Week 5: In this final week, reflect of previous “Sfumato” challenges… what have you learned, understood or experienced? Is there more acceptance or intolerance of ambiguity and uncertainty?
This 4th daVincian Principle is about learning to keep an open mind in the face of uncertainty. Through the mastery of “Sfumato,” we have the power to unleash our creative potential during the times uncertainty and during changes in life.
Hari Om Tat Sat
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