This 2020 Photo Series by Ruby, is an idea that came to mind, as a solution to the show that is this year. A look at everyday moments, hoping to catch that moment of colour. To share it. To speak to each of us. To call up a vibration of kindness. A moment of saturation to rain through your vision. To heal. Despite what our ego would have us believe, we all have things that can heal. These photos titled Seeking Colour, is an effort in helping us to restore.
Colour raises our souls and is a warm welcome home, like the flowers, both literally and figuratively. Photographed on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It’s part of my balance to a lot of other very important images right now. Nigeria, New York, Melbourne and Beirut, to name a few.
In the last couple of weeks, I started to ‘Seek Colour’ as a reminder that the world has a myriad of things that are possible. For me the most beautiful of these is nature, wild. I was able to watch the birds in my neighbourhood, flash with bright primary splashes in the morning and by the afternoon, I wanted to soak my eyes with colour to recover, to remember, to care.
As the end of 2020 has a couple of retrogrades happening here are some good ideas to realize the opportunity to review what you have been working on with projects and goals, utilising time to ask: Is there new data? Does any tweaking need to happen? Is your goal the same? Where am I including time to restore myself?
As you slow down into the retrogrades, feelings can include fatigue, indifference, cravings, irritability and lack of appetite. In support of addressing these feelings to maintain a positive emotional and mental perspective, remember to keep exercise scheduled regularly, to drink water, to stretch out of long held postures; for example sitting at your desk working on the computer, opening up the front of the body if you drive a vehicle for a living, or laying on the floor with hips even and placing legs up and over the couch to invert, if you work on your feet. All of these are simple additions into your day beginning or end that help to reset the body, keep the mind open and the heart light.
To compose energy on the go, breath exercises are great, portable and easy to adapt to available time. Key tip, a full round is one full deep breath in, a pause, a slow complete breath out, and another pause. Repeat a full cycle on its own if time is short and for a few full rounds if you have more available.
It is recommended within the last few months of 2020, not to push. Utilise rhythm to have some ease and flow to any aspect of tweaking, critical assessment of data and viewing goals. We really step into function over form in this section of the year. It’s got to work before we address how it looks.
In our pursuit of goals, from hitting targets to finding a new gig, gratitude frames real information, grounds us and serves in all aspects of a retrograde. As we bring together a calm, clear focus we are able to build the path ahead. Retrogrades help us to step forward with clarity, free of excess stagnant energy and with gratitude.
888 Activities that support a healthy you at any time in retrogrades:
Leave some open spaces in the room/office/reception/kitchen.
Add colour. Auspicious colours in 2020 are blue and green. Less of yellow and brown tones till February 2021.
Clear labels in storage areas. Keep it tidy.
As we always recommend at 888, eat seasonally and as fresh as you’re able. The better you eat, the clearer your body functions. Being in a position to properly code your food as fuel can reduce cravings, support proper rest and aids mental agility. Our expression from ourselves and in our spaces, creates a vitality that reassures and makes life worth living.
This piece is titled, Stars and Water. An alchemical depiction of nature in transition. This work is about surrendering to change. The star in the centre is still a star, yet everything around it keeps moving, in and out of form.
The colour palette for this piece is particular to the warmth of dignity, stretch and communication. Similar in example to the 曆butterfly effect; in that small adjustments in the flow of the star, filter through surrounding energy, swirling with both light and dark. When mixed and transformed, the star is still a star. Astrology, healing, clairvoyance all teach us, that we are an interaction with the universe, through each other, our planet, our stars and the cosmic body it sits in, the Milky Way to the larger Cosmos. Our essence as humans in balance, naturally vibrates in and out of ideas, places, perceptions. Valuing the interaction of us with the universe as opposed to us ‘ruling’ the universe, creates a moment within our mental landscape to adjust without lack, sacrifice or misconception. Supporting the star to move and hold its essence.
Silver in this palette, was chosen with bronze wax, to show the beauty before joining, the elements igniting a creative spark. An illumination around the star.
I’m sharing this work today, in support of your creativity, day to day, step by step, toward healing solutions and integrity for our communities. Interact with care, grace and awareness for us to have better treatment of ourselves and each other.
After spending an afternoon wandering through the Triennial at GOMA this year, I was moved by the dedication, execution and peaceful nature of the art, particularly when you consider that some of the topics were not comfortable ones. To those who question why Art is important, I say Pshaw!
Below are some of the pic’s I was able to take. Enjoy.
Honestly it was the themes that got me, part of me wants to keep it silent, internalised… and then the questions start. How did we get ourselves here? Why are we treating each other the way we do, so many questions. With the access we have, to these art works, it is so in our face, that it reminds us of the undeniable truth, it is possible to focus for results in dedication, complex critical awareness and love. Each piece was so unusual in explaining the story, that it was palpable, calling out of me a feeling of what had been witnessed. What we are all witnessing. These pieces are enlightened, sophisticated and really beauty in motion. Just let it wash over you. R.
When we discuss intention, we address the everyday. The thread travelling through you and the day. Where we co create.
As you ponder, consider how to engage the most oxygen in this day. Are we relaxed? Self caring? Generous in our Spirit? If the feeling of disconnection leaves these with the volume down, what would you give to remedy this? For me, as many of you, disconnection can lead to a part of self that is small, insecure, wanting. When we are intentional in our living, we are engaging with large, secure & having. It is important to note that definitions play a part, as does action, as does recognition. Living with an awake intention, alleviates boredom, distraction, while adding trust and of course magic.
Magic brings the Spirit alive. Its like walking barefoot through the Earth. A sense of other, a rational composition of self referencing. Active listening, coupling to magic, awareness & intention can create relief from what ails. How could this serve? Perhaps even just to allow sleep to come, easily. Perhaps its to be able to watch the news without dismay knocking on your door. Reducing stress & positioning you to advocate for the healthier option, to be part of the construction, over the mass of deconstruction. Perhaps its to stand in your body & not feel like an impostor. Owning your space. Finding courage to step forward, to support ourselves. What would that day to day look like?
What resonates in the now, is a genuine desire of a large number of us, stepping into caring, supporting healthy change & cleaning up our messes, all in the appreciation of what we do have. From here all things are possible. Look forward to walking with you.