slow down, be kind.
And don't forget to have
art in your life-
music, paintings, theater, dance,
~ Eric Carle
Maybe because it's summer and actually warm here in San Francisco, my most recent post (7/20) and this one are focused on simple pleasures and simple enjoyment in life. Many of my blogs do address slowing down and simplifying, but in a more focused and introspective way.
Today I simply am reminded and want to share that reminder with you, that life can be simpler and filled with all kinds of art that inspire, renew, nourish and bring joy and/or a sense of oneness. As the quote above includes sunset as art, it can clearly be interpreted very broadly. The dictionary defines art in part as something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.
The quote seems to be purposefully vague in not specifying how to have art in your life. That is up to you. Do you witness it or do you create or participate in creating it? Or maybe both. Which forms call to you? Which forms make your heart sing or lift your mood or make you ponder the meaning of life? Which ones bring you great joy? Which ones make you feel one with the Universe and life?
Allow yourself to notice where you are called to participate in or witness art and which forms resonate with you. Allow them to guide you to connect through your senses, to yourself and to the world around you.
Peggy Handler, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Francisco's Noe Valley