In 1999 I gave a talk on how our lives revolve around boxes of one kind or another and how the creative process in its many forms can help to re-connect and anchor us to who we really are.
‘Regardless whether a bedsit or Buckingham Palace, we live in a box. Each day a huge % of the worlds population travel in a metal box – (car, bus, train and/or plane) to a place of work. At work we sit in front of a computer box, until returning home where we watch the TV box. At the end of our short lives we will end up in a wooden box……’
Since 1999, when I first gave this talk, many more boxes have been added to the list….including of course mobile phones, tablets, games – and the list goes on.
Flying freely above the madness like a magical hummingbird – watercolour.
On Monday evening, I attended an art opening where I observed the creative spirit of many others, and enjoyed interesting and meaningful conversations.
What a different atmosphere to the trains I used to travel back and forth to the exhibition, where people looked so stressed and almost to a one were plugged into some device or another.
Drinking from the sweet nectar of life – like the magical hummingbird – watercolour
Living under the unnatural time pressures that life in the 21st century imposes upon us, we are clearly out of time and sync with Mother Nature’s pace.
Until quite recently we marked time by the passing of seasons, the life cycles of humans, animals and plants, the moon and other celestial bodies – we now seem to be disconnected. Disconnected from the spirit, and that deep instinctive ‘knowing’ which lies buried within the human species.
To quote Lorna Marsen, a respected Quaker thinker :
‘The spiritual life, the life of imagination and the heart is an endowment of humanity that is primal. It works against the elevation of the use of reason beyond the borders of reason’s competence.’
Magical hummingbird – watercolour
Contrary to early predictions, computers are not necessarily time savers. Rather evidence shows that we accomplish much more when we are not hooked up to technology all the time.
This is not to say that computers and technology don’t play an important part in our lives. However, discernment about how we use the technology is, I believe vital to our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Those of us who were fortunate enough to know a world before the advent of technology are better equipped to use discernment, but for younger generations who have not known another way, it is difficult.
Magical Hummingbirds live by the rhythms of Mother Nature. watercolour
What is clear is that when we adhere to the natural rhythms of life….we immediately feel better on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Spending time outdoors, gardening, reading, painting, writing, dancing, listening to beautiful music, enjoying the company of like minded others. Establishing sleep patterns that work for us. Enjoying periods of quiet and meditation and eating the foods that Mother Nature provides – all give a sense of wellbeing
The Magical Hummingbirds remind me of the beauty and mystery that Mother Nature offers us.
‘Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is, patience.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson.