Watching the dolphins glide across the surface of water, listening to the rolling waves, I sat in the shade on yet another gorgeous day. As I inhaled the fresh sea air I wondered why I forget to spend more time exploring and appreciating the beautiful environment that is available in abundance here on the Gold Coast.
I closed my eyes and slowed my breath down for a few minutes, allowing any thoughts to come and go. Take your time… let it flow… it will unfold naturally… were the words that emerged as I asked how to approach the next blank page of my sketchbook.
I was being invited to appreciate the landscape around me. The rocky headland beneath me formed millions of years ago, the pine tree sheltering me planted 80 years ago. Our lives are consumed with doing everything quickly and efficiently, which goes against our intrinsic need to rest and appreciate the process of creation and regeneration that is part of our being.
“Adopt the pace of nature” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art takes time and it is within the act of creating art that we transform. It allows us to be in the present moment, to witness our thoughts and emotions, to experience flow and frustration, and learn to keep going.
I have had many signs to take action, but it’s not of a forceful nature. It’s a nudge to take the next step. Any movement in the right direction, no matter how small, is noticed and celebrated. I am finally giving myself permission to create this time and space, and letting go of the excuses.
The sights and sounds of nature helps bring me back to a peaceful place where I can connect with myself and the world around me. So while I meditate next to the ocean, pulsing pure energy up and down my body as the waves wash in and out below me, I can tune into the patience and balance of the natural environment and let it guide the way I approach each day and each blank page.