Architectural Spirituality

I was touched by this little piece of architecture. As I looked at it I perceived a sense of order, symmetry and beauty. Somehow the colours too radiated a calm and a peace. No doubt, there is a form spirituality in the essence of architecture.

Bluebells

I took a walk through the woods today and saw the sheer beauty of carpets and carpets of bluebells. The woods were dark, but dabbled with sunlight and mystery. I had the distinct feeling of not being alone. The woods have that affect on me. When I’m in them I always feel I’m surrounded by presence. I have no language to articulate it. It’s not an ominous thing, just a mysterious and beautiful presence.

Light and Shadow

Light shines through, shadows give way, but it’s the door, the door that must also be opened.

Nature’s nature

Nature is always true to her nature. It’s human beings who betray theirs. I have long let go of that absurd dictum that only human beings are the crowning glory of creation, and that somehow they stand apart, or above all of Nature.

Haiku 07

From my Sketchbook:

Once a home

now haunted by

ghosts of the past

What Draws You?

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”                Rumi

I’m discovering that this little phrase, “being drawn by” has a profound sense of freedom about it. It seems to me that as you practice it the exertion in life is eased and is slowly replaced by a natural kind of attraction and a “movement towards.” And so, the ethic I try to follow has much to do with, in Rumi’s words, feeling the strange pull of what I really love.

The Tools of the Masters (The Tate Britain)

JMW Turner  1775 – 1851        Seascape with Buoy

Staring down at the old brushes and paints in the glass case, I was moved by their time-worn appearance and history. They belonged to the the great English artist J M W Turner, and there I was, actually looking down at them.

There’s something wonderfully magical about standing close to and looking at the tools of a famous artist, writer, or any craftsman for that matter. They hold within themselves something of the mystery of the person’s genius and exquisite talent. To think you’re actually seeing the very objects used by those masterful fingers, guided by a beauty of mind and vision, can be quite overwhelming.