With Our Senses Awake…

We will live this life only once.

Experiencing the world @ us, in ways beyond what we can imagine on our own, is truly an exciting experience of the sensesIt can be…

Water Falls

seeing with our eyes, a huge vista in nature, beautiful beyond words… 

hearing with our ears, music that tickles our ears and vibrates our bodies…                                                                                                                                                                         holding a in our arms, a sweet baby who is warm, new, and beautiful…

      smelling with our nose, honeysuckle’s scent swirling past us on a path…

        tasting with our tongues, golden cookies freshly baked, steaming from                                                                                                                                               the oven….

Fresh Baked Cookies

Or, it can be…                                                                                                                                                  a work of art, large in size, vibrant in colors, and amazing to our eyes.

These  things all peak our curiosity,                                                                                                                     take us outside of ourselves,                                                                                                                          and remind us what it is to be alive…

As a parent caring for your family, an individual working each day, or an artist creating an original design. It is through our senses that we take in information from @ us and the environment in which we live. This information can serve, among other things, to remind us of the importance of the everyday, encourage us to value those @ us, and to inspire and motivate us to accomplish more than we can perhaps imagine!

♦ These are some of the things that help remind me to enjoy my family or motivates me to engage in one of the arts? How about you? ♦                                            (If Comment box is not on page, click below on small gray words, “Leave a Comment”)

Quote…Life as a River

River...“Nothing is ever the same. Rivers are symbolic of our lives, moving and ever-changing. Movement is life. We feel freedom as we move with the currents…”                                                                                                    Alexandra Stoddard

This quote is from a small book by Alexandra Stoddard, entitled Grace Notes, A Book of Daily Meditations (p.175, 1993). It sits in a basket and I regularly pick it up and read one or two pages at a time…over the years my copy has become well-worn and in a few pieces. For a book…that’s a good sign!

Even though we may take comfort in the familiar, realizing the changing nature of life helps individuals and families to meet the daily stresses, and sometimes crises, of life. Being flexible can help us solve problems and cope with challenges. These same elements are used by artists as they design a piece of art–being able to explore new ways of working with certain materials or considering multiple possible answers are examples of the creative process they need to solve problems and make the artwork that they desire. In life, as in art, may we be able to move with the currents…

Quote…Imagination Or “The Wisdom of a Child”?

Imagination

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all  we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”                                                                                                          Albert Einstein                 

(Quoted in interview by G.S. Viereck , October 26,1929. Reprinted in “Glimpses of the Great”(1930).)

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