Today’s bog thoughts are from Joyce Hifler’s book titled Pathways.
“Creative people from the beginning of time have found a need for solitude__creative artist, yes, but also creative people who are trying for a more rewarding way of life___looking within themselves for answers to problems___listening and visioning without the clamor and interruption that scatters their power to cope.”
“One of the most important parts of prayer is the need to be quiet and listen___to hear inner wordless voice that speaks through ideas and feelings__and it cannot come if the din within and around is greater than the need to hear___greater than the need to be quiet and listen to the silence.”
Stilling the mind, so to “listen to the silence”__ Silence is not always silent___ Listening for the silence is a meditative experience. Think of where you like to go. I love to go into a space inside my home, or outside of my home. Such places are where I can just feel the world around me. I am thinking of the sweetness of hearing birds when I sit on my deck. I am thinking of the chill or warmth of the day, the smells__ These things embrace us and they enhance the silence we come into. Then I come to a point where the singing of the birds drops away and I can just be present with my thoughts. In doing so I have solitude. Solitude is something I cherish, something I need. It allows me to run down my check list of my feelings. This is where I find and create my balance for a span of time. I can return to finding my solitude as need be.
Pejj Nunes 10/28/2020
By Pejj Nunes
I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is https://www.anisettestudios.com/ Here you can view and purchase Shibui, sign up for my newsletters, blog, and read articles about Shibui Found Image Art. Patrons get great deals several times a year and special items at times. My site makes it easy to contact me. My primary art form is Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui begins with action art and stems from the imagination. It is like seeing something in the clouds or solving a puzzle. Its creative process has its own rules and requires what I call reverse engineering due to a lack of an understructure and purely out of the imagination. In addition to those who patron me, my target groups are those who use art therapy. I will soon be teaching live. Contact me if you would like to learn live. I use Zoom. I request that although my art, other images, and what I write is now published by me here on WordPress; I do ask you do not to use my artwork, poetry, or the information about Shibui Found Image Art without my permission. I am quite available to make such requests. I wish to share the following: The existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The Ethics of Ambiguity. In it, she lays out a guiding ethic in response to the philosophy of existentialism. It might be somewhat familiar to you already. She writes, “To will oneself free is also to will others free. This will is not an abstract formula. It points out to each person concrete action to be achieved.”
Best wishes to all! Have good times and keep safe! Pejj
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