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.
When your reading the 888 Meditation Moment above, I would ask for you to consider each ‘in’ from a point of view you would normally not. Ask yourself to relax and stretch your conscious-ness. Small can also be read as light. However if your practise includes speaking it out loud, use the word small. Have a clear line of sight on the word light and what that means to you.
Loving where your living, transverses the micro to the macro for and around us. It can be your favourite tea cup, to hiking in nature, to engaging in politics. When we engage in calm, our scope can expand from breath control to responding over reacting with a person, place or thing trying to tempt us into triggering a familiar event.
What if you didn’t?
In awareness, loving where we live is about how we resonate. Where do we resonate? How do we foster a healthy step forward into better resonance? Why is this relevant? It offers clemency. A moment to breath, to think, to feel, to consider and to reply. Awareness is an opportunity to be the you that loves where you live.
In love. In kind. In harmony. In sync. In.
Your balanced feelings will serve you and those around you to love where we live. Enjoy your 888 Meditation Moment.
In general terms, this relates to allowing an ease in all measures of stepping forward. These for example can look like; completing as much preparation as your able for a meeting, in the moment presence in an old situation, reminding yourself of forgiveness value, giving yourself proper rest. Stepping forward is a peaceful declaration within self to redirect energy for a longer term goal and or better use. Consider function before form.
With this in mind, how do you want to take forward steps? As most of us are also in a readjusting of values sphere, take a beat and consider. Softly engage with the future you are walking towards. Be kind, utilise manageable chunks of information and take breaks from being ‘on’.
Sending you good vibes and safe passage throughout August.
We all understand the benefits of having balance, however as we step into the current speed and relentless nature of overwhelm we find ourselves trying to cope with, trying not to feel numb or blanked out by, its imperative to remind yourself to actively engage with options that help our sustenance, sustainability and willingness.
Here are some of my tips for helping ourselves to make it through. Just as we require activity, we also require rest and time to recompose.
Learn to recognise when you are overwhelmed, stop attempts to dismiss the truth of how you are feeling.
Schedule time and space to recompose. This may be booking the baby sitter, having a cup of tea outside, soaking in a bath or taking a walk in silence, listening to the sounds of the day.
Reduce screen time, even if temporary. It is recommended that every 90 minutes we step away from devices and screens. Drink water, walk around the room, recompose.
No feeling guilty, often we may have to recompose while others are ‘still at it’, drop this out of your mental landscape, it is okay to take the time you need as it is available. You need it whether or not you have company.
Give yourself what you actually need. Be specific about what is actually going to help, guilt and stress free. If you need sleep, allow it, need food, go grab some take away if your to tired to cook. Bear in mind where your energy levels actually are.
Be kind to yourself. Often we are least compassionate with ourselves, this is your opportunity to put your emotional well being first, then you will be more able to allow and give towards others. Even in the current climate.
Make plans based on the time you do have available, if you have 5 minutes, breathing exercises are good, 15 minutes, a walk around the block, 30 minutes yoga.
Include company if the person recharges you, gets you laughing, allows you to be and feel relaxed.
Be still, this can look like a pyjama day, lazy breakfast, not doing the washing up, stepping out of home chores, letting a friend or family member or colleague help.
Be sure to make it happen, don’t let the busi-ness of work and life change your plans. Keep your health in mind as your first wealth.
Understand that you are always your best version of self when looking after yourself, even when its crazy busy.
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.