Philosophy ~ Visual Meditation ~ Notes
Although viewing artwork digitally can never replicate the experience of viewing the original works, we can still receive greatly when we allow ourselves to open and receive what is available to us.
I notice people often look at art, even abstract art, and quickly begin defining what it is. "I see a person, a dog, a chair etc.". Subtle as it may be, defining is a way of seeking control of our experience.
I often invite art viewers to notice how they feel in response to a piece instead of what they think. This takes their experience from an externalized analysis (seeking an absolute definition or completion) to an experience of relational and interconnected curiosity. From this curiosity, awareness and sensing we gather the notes of our own unique sensory experience; a thought, memory, emotion, a moment of tension or sweet excitement in the body. And what else? These are the self-sourced raw materials you can use to create your next moments and beyond with intention.
Presence in creation requires presence in the moments approaching creation. Presence is both attention and sensuality, receptivity to what is, a willingness to make space for your authentic, raw, honest, uncensored, longing-for-ease Truth. This quality of attention and sensory presence is the pleasure we often ask for from others. It takes diligent practice to sustain presence, and we practice with ourselves so we might offer ourselves that which we've been outsourcing to others since birth, since conception.
We rest in fulfillment as we practice sensual presence. Integrating the Masculine will to take form and space, and the feminine yearning to open and let in the wild tenderness that is life writhing as itself in full bloom and decay all at once. When we can hold presence in and as the glory, beauty, pain and suffering inherent to life, we can hold greater space for that within others. We can show up self-sourcing our energy, not asking or needing anything to be different. We can hold space for the truths of life many are not yet ready to forgive, permit, or offer compassion to. We can show up free from obligation, centered within the self. We know how to sense within for what is right, what is not aligned, and when we're complete with an experience, a person, a pattern.
We evolved to look externally for patterns. Today I'm interested in how we look and sense internally for our own patterns, patterns we can take ownership of and mold into something delicious and perhaps more useful. We generate our life experiences from an internal ground, whether by responding (following) or creating (leading and co-leading). This is the internal space I encourage you to go.
To lead and to co-lead, it is helpful to meet the internal ground from which you push off from to lead yourself. From here you can more effectively lead others. We begin within.
Here is one way of creating an easy visual meditation practice. You can adapt this, making the practice larger or smaller, for use on and beyond this website.
May the wisdom of your being know just how to open, to welcome, to be, and to share as beauty.