9.23.2009


Your song will not hold back for long.
It arrived with great hopes and intentions
and a terrific tune.


Two reasons for sharing this art from the series, You Have a Song to Sing:

1. Wabi-Sabi
The flower image, designed from an original photograph of a sunflower's dried seed-head and it's withering calyx is a great example of wabi-sabi. I can't get enough of dried, seed-heads, pods, random parts of deteriorating flowers and plants. Something about the process of decay is fascinating.

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese appreciation and recognition of the type of beauty that is oddly imperfect, where nothing lasts or is meant to. (Follow the wabi-sabi link above to get more background.)

This philosophy has informed my life since I began seeking answers to "what the heck is it all about?". The flow of life and nature is always perfect in its transitions and changes and, especially, its imperfections. If you haven't guessed, I am an incorrigible nature ecstatic - bowing to Linda Hogan, Mary Oliver, Annie Dillard, and a long list of women writers and naturalists who find their spiritual home in the wild places. Can't ignore the men, however, so I'll add one of my favorite writers of all time - Barry Lopez.

Although wabi-sabi can be found in any season, it is certainly best illustrated in fall. If you want to experience the wabi-sabi nature of fall, take some time to notice day-to-day changes around you. Crunch some fallen leaves, look for falling pods, nuts, cones. And, if you don't live where seasonal changes are obvious, then just watch how the light re-sculpts familiar objects and landmarks as the sun begins tilting away from the earth this time of year.

2. Intentions
The second reason I am sharing this art: To remind you (and me) to renew intentions to allow change in your life. Let go of anything that is withering and not serving you. See in your own life the wabi-sabi beauty, and bless all of it, in its imperfect, and ever-changing cycles.