I walked alone through the desert at dusk, near Pinnacle Peak, yearning to experience and capture the sunset. Have you noticed your senses heightened when you explore by yourself, alone with your thoughts? More often than not I am sharing these moments with my husband, daughters, family or friends. It’s exciting to share something beautiful with those you love, to build memories. I am not often out completely alone, just experiencing with no distractions, no demands.
I think about a book I am reading, a study a few artists and I are doing together, The Creative Call by Janice Elsheimer. This has been such a powerful experience for me which includes daily journaling. Janice speaks of the importance of breathing exercises, “breathing in and breathing out”. The breathing in, filling our creative tanks, taking time to just be and the pouring out, the breathing out of our work are both just as important.” Do you take time on a regular basis to do something that stimulates your senses and feeds the artist within you? What you focus on expands.”
“We must absorb the world around us and learn to see anew with eyes of childlike wonder, if we don’t, when we try to describe it we’ll have nothing to say but the words others have given us.” Marshall Cook
Funny, I carve out time to learn, to create, to “breathe out” regularly and without guilt. Why do I have trouble taking time to just be and to experience alone? I suppose I feel there is so much I should be doing, the list is long. And yet when I step out and free myself to do this, like when I experienced Last Light, it’s like another world opens. The sounds and smells are greater, my eyes linger on all that catches my gaze. The light and shadows dance in harmony, the cholla glow brighter as all distractions fade away. The trail beckons me forward as I live fully in the moment, “breathing in” light and beauty and inspiration. May I… may we… never forget to take these moments to see, to hear, to be…to be filled.
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