|Planning The Trip 12"x12" mixed media|
It's good advice for our art practice but really it applies to pretty much anything we might want to do.
Or more simply we might just work, just doing what needs or wants to be done. There is a freedom in that and who doesn't want to be free? And what is it we want to be free from, anyway? Freedom from our stories, our complaints, our thinking mind that never seems to stop and is so hard to please? I've been reading a great book called "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer. In lovely plain language he reminds us that we are not our thinking mind but the consciousness that can observe our thoughts. Just stepping back from our thoughts offers us a lot of space. We can even feel amused by the crazy non stop narrative that runs through our heads.
|Field Notes 11"x14" Mixed Media|
|Before Sunset 12"x12" mixed media|
And there you have it, a way to relate to the conjuring, magician like mind that is always inventing and manufacturing our reality. Perhaps more often these days, we can just immerse ourselves the greeness of this wonderful season, smell the rich scent of the earth and hear the birds readying their nests. Maybe we can step back from the stories we might tell ourselves about everything and everyone we meet. Maybe, just maybe we can live in the freshness of having a direct relationship with our world instead of having it explained to us by our minds.