This week’s explorations at the intersection of nature, art and wisdom.
Beauty in bleakness this winter
Appreciation of subtlety – of the small things, of the drab things – is important. It’s like enjoying well-cooked meals vs. sugar-salt-fat processed foods. Shifting our perspective to appreciate the usually unappreciated adds value to every day.
Take a look at this article about the browns and the greys: In Praise of Quaker Colors.
A matter of life and death
Rather than keeping the grass trimmed, a cemetery in Paris has become a haven for wildlife. Perhaps this transforms our opinion of death? Maybe we can see how death is a seed for life? Perhaps we can experience the continuity, the fecundity, the aliveness of the planet when contemplating our own mortality. Maybe that makes us feel just a little bit better?
And… can we reframe our idea of beauty? Can we see that a nature-filled cemetery is as beautiful – maybe more beautiful – than a manicured one?
The wisdom of age
Most of us don’t get to experience old-growth forest. Our woodlands have mostly been disturbed by human activity. Where I live, the forests have been logged – and their characteristics are quite different from their old-growth cousins. Take a look at these pictures and marvel at their primeval vibe. This is nature – and it’s glorious.
All is one, one is all
Within unity there’s diversity. In an old-growth forest, there’s a thousand species. Yet they all come together to create a rich ecosystem. Can we stop, look and experience unity and diversity at the same time? How does that feel?