Published August 2016 in Nanaimo Magazine, Voyager Magazine & EyesOnBC Magazine
Begin anew! Sometimes one feels the need to shake off a stress and turn toward a more positive and creative realm. To do this, I find the best route is to become immersed in the mysteries of nature; to marvel at the structure of a flower, the flight of a bird, or the complexity of our living, breathing planet; or to contemplate the wonders of the universe. This brings me back to the only moment I know I have: this moment.
Looking out my open window, I see that the sky is in perpetual motion. It is a constantly changing scene of various light and dark shapes, and of different shades of blue, white, mauve and gray. Each cloud is unique and changing right in front of my eyes. The wind is currently gently blowing from the southeast. Each cloud is moving at its own, individual speed. Nothing stays the same; not these clouds, not even the direction of the wind. This is all part of nature’s design. I inhale deeply and am grateful for the clean, fresh air and my new sense of joy. The diversity of natures' creations is amazing, even when it comes to clouds, and the peace that comes with this knowledge is calming.
The effects of the world upon me have passed. All it takes is mindfulness to slow down and observe nature in action; to stop and live in the present moment. Taking my inspiration from the timelessness of the sky, I will paint these fleeting clouds, sharing my delight and wonder with others; so that others may rest immersed in a moment of time and begin anew!