Sunday, August 22, 2010
Gratitude Sunday: Creating
Thirty-eight adults sat drawing on the floor like children, absorbed, giggling, trading crayons. Then, unlike children. embarrassed about our less-than-perfect results, we shared with one other person our image. My "sharee" told me what she saw in mine and I told her what was intended. Then we switched. Her view gave me a whole new insight which deepened my experience. Then we had an "art walk" .... put our images in a circle and walked around them reveling in the vibrant diversity, excited by the swirl of creative flow that filled the room.
It didn't matter that the level of art accomplishment was spotty at best. It didn't matter that none of these images would wind up in a gallery. It didn't matter that most would be discarded before the end of the retreat. What mattered was that we were, in that moment, joined together in the magical process of creation, that we had opened our selves for just an instant to the gaze of 38 strangers, that we were connected and intertwined in the presence of creation.
We are creators, a species born with an impulse, a need, to create. I am grateful for this need and for this opportunity to be in community with others who have recognized the need and are following their natures with such joy and abandon.
About the Image: Yesterday several of us walked up to the Vedanta Temple where I found this magical image ... a spider's art.