Over and over again, I learn from accomplished writers, musicians and creatives that we must show up every day to create in hopes for the muse to inspire us rather than wait for the muse to show and then begin our creative work.
Inspiration comes in many forms. For my meditation practice, Sunflower is my inspiration. Sunflower has a meditative quality about her. The way she emerges into a room and her presence says it all. She is undeterred by any sounds and noises that happen naturally around her. Her focus is that of extreme concentration. When she is sitting in her meditation pose, she will remain still for hours. Her attention is drawn inwards where she resides in a place of ease, comfort and joyful peace.
When she looks at me, it feels like she is looking at something deep within me. Her glance is profound and kind.
Living with Sunflower is a daily, moment-by-moment meditation class. She inspires me to become still, focussed and at ease. To her gentleness and teaching-by-example, I am eternally grateful.
One Saturday morning, Rachael Shores, a regular meditator dropped by the Center for Meditation and Healing, also my home. Accompanying her was this lovely painting:
She calls it Attributes.
Among the many talents Rachael embodies, visual art is her passion. She brings life and drama with her brush strokes whether it is painting on canvas or designing murals for a wall. She dances with color flowing through the tips of her brushes moving in rythmically akin to the flow of Tai Chi. Her visual mastery is only complemented with her technical expertise in the manner her vision is executed into reality. Her love for creative expression exudes in the way she is present with her art.
When Rachael presented Attributes to me, she said, "This is what I experienced in our Visual Journey Meditation." I was flabbergasted. The journey that we had visualized is now translated onto canvas with Rachael's unique interpretation. I was holding in my hands the meditation that had flowed through me. Her artistic interpretation made the meditation tangible in an astounding manner. My husband, Cristof and I sat there gazing into the painting, re-living the fantasy-landscape that we had all experienced. The deep blue ocean with schools of fish floating by surrounded by dolphins who seemed to emerge from the flowing flame of wisdom. This is the flame around which three mentors were seated, each a manifestation of an inner attribute within us, holding a message as unique as each individual.
I immeditately had the strong urge to share this painting with you, the Pond community. Take a look at this painting, gaze at it for a moment. Look at the details and immerse yourself within it. Let this lovely painting aide you in your own visual journey.
If you would like this painting to serve you with its high vibration at all times, Rachael is happy to share a print for your home or office space. Get all the details here. Thank you Rachael for your passion and creativity.
Inspiration is the intention for today.
Let inspiration lead the way today. Let us inspire and be inspired. May inspiration bring us the fire and the zest we desire in our life. Let us find inspiration from all sources: from words spoken, from ideas manifested, from art created, from meals prepared, from walks taken, from skies unfolded, from glances locked, from movements danced, from breath breathed...
Let inspiration run within and through us.