...In reflection to the On Being Podcast " Inner Landscape of Beauty" with John O'Donohue
I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a spiritual person, or a person who practices an active sense of spirituality. I'm starting to hypothesize that the artistic practice itself is an act of spirituality. Making art (for me) is something that can bring me into the present moment.
I currently live in Richmond, VA, withing the USA, and am constantly being subjected to the Westernized notion of a fast paced, "moving towards growth," type of mentality... I wonder, if perhaps we let time take over far too much?
I am stuck on this quote from Krista Tippet stating, "Time is a bully...." She couldn't be more right! We always have time on our minds. Letting the pressures of how long it takes to finish a task, or to get from point A to point B take over. I feel that this fast paced rhythm of time is incredibly imbalanced. I am curious what would change if we simply just slow down, and find a new sense of time, find a new rhythm to engage with.. how would this lead us to a more harmonious relationship with our environment?
I have this longing for my artistic practice to do these things within myself, and to a certain extent I think they do. But how can I push this further? By action of making I am taken out of the fast rhythm and forced into the present moment, a creation of a new time. Letting the rhythm of my making set the rhythm of my perception of time itself. I have a longing for my art to do this for others.
I am drawn to the patterns found throughout nature, throughout ourselves, and our inevitable interconnected energy. For it is in this simplistic construction, that beauty is at its roots. As John O'Donohue states, "Humans feel most alive in the presence of beauty." It is when we are confronted with inevitable beauty that we can move and be moved from within. "Beauty can sweep you off your feet," it can blast you so fast into the present moment that you forget anything else exists but what YOU are seeing. This is where mindset comes back into play... in our rehearsed notion of what the human experience should be, it is forgotten that everyone has the ability (we actually have no other choice but) to be a part in construct our own realities.
This where I am drawn to the Eastern philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism, in conjunction with the Quantum Mechanics of Western scientific discovery. I feel with these conceptual practices in the forefront of our minds, we can find a harmonious relationship between humankind, and all live around us.
Being in graduate school now, I am ready to accept the challenges that my deep intuition presents. I can finally see how every moment, everything I have ever made prior, has led me to this present moment.
"It's like I've been looking at my whole life, like a fleeted tapestry... and how the thread of my life was woven into that tapestry, and I understood how, every choice, every decision I had made, has lead me to that moment" -Unknown
and that is the divine interconnection I want to create realization for...