SACRED SPACES & SOUL NOURISHMENT
For a long time I have been interested in the healing power of my surroundings and my self-curated personal environment – at home, in the office and in my studio. Whether I have only a small space to work with or an entire room, I carefully choose objects and create altar-like settings – placing special objects that speak to me of something beautiful, holy, contemplative and noble. These altars or contemplative settings have provided succour in times of busyness & stress enabling a more immediate pathway into my inner self after a busy day. What I speak of is something very different to interior fashion & style and is initiated from an authentic place within that consciously chooses items of meaning & resonance to uplift and revivify. A picture can be a meditation, an object can be a talisman, a candle can be lit as a daily ritual and a nature object can speak of our connection to the infinite wisdom that lives in the animal, plant and mineral kingdom. We can create these spaces in small & large ways depending on the space available to us. Even a written out verse or carefully chosen image by our computer at work can bring meaning & comfort to a utilitarian environment and ameliorate a space that is otherwise out of our control – bringing us peace and encouragement.
CREATIVE MINDFULNESS – LETTING GO
For a recent Creative Mindfulness Session for staff at the Mary Potter Hospice in Newtown I chose to work with the theme of ‘Letting Go’. I used this image of the Dying Lily as a discussion tool as it provides an incredible archetype of what ‘Letting Go’ actually is. Take a moment and observe this picture for yourself and allow it to speak to you – it is a remarkable meditation!
In nature once the beautiful lily completely falls away a seed pod is formed containing a bountiful supply of seeds (which are the two pods in the left picture). This cycle lives inwardly in our own soul lives – the blooming, the letting go and the seeds of new experiences to come. I have added an image of the artist Georgia O’Keefe because she too shows a wonderful archetype of letting go – aging with grace and dignity on the outside whilst sustaining a creatively rich inner life
For over a decade now I have bought stems of lilies and I have kept them throughout their entire dying away process – using them as objects of contemplation. Which is how I came to photograph this spectacular stem! Great life secrets are revealed when we take the time to observe this kind of living & dying phenomenon