During a recent Dialogue Learning Group meeting, Bob, an artist, used the image of a blank canvas to help us reflect on how we individually approach life. Discussion ranged from intimidation of the emptiness, fear of the unknown, anticipation and excitement of the creative process, and becoming in tune with the emergent image and energy. Bob's invitation was to touch that intimidation, fear, anticipation... and begin with a single dot!
How would you respond to a blank canvas? Would you approach the emptiness in silence? Would you desire a plan before you began? Would you wait for inspiration to emerge?
Or, in the waiting, could you begin with one dot, not knowing what would happen next?
|White Canvas: artist and art (Art in Chicago, 2014)|
Each day dawns as a fresh Canvas of Possibilities. Similar to Bob's question, how do you enter this new day:
- With images from yesterday... or a blank slate?
- With the same fear, intimidation, or excitement of starting a new project?
- With low energy and lack of focus?
- With wonder and awe?
At times, we may encounter all of these emotions and thoughts interwoven into our expectations of this Day Awakening! Bob's reflective process provided time to become aware of self, to hold lightly and become compassionate of thoughts and feelings, and to focus on the creative moment of beginning, placing that First Dot or First Mark on the Blankness. Our silence and reflection starts the process of becoming Co-creator of these 1,440 Minutes, the Daily Canvas that is unfolding.
|Beginning with one dot, possibilities reach outward!|
As the next steps of the day move outward, the patterns of noticing, seeking Sacred Worth in the Created, allows the Outward-Mystery to reveal itself through Other.
|Mystery of the Heart: creating together|
(Etsy.com: Heart Love)
|Creating intricate designs: working together|
- Sit quietly in front of the Day Awakening;
- Notice how we want to approach this day;
- Listen, imagine; and,
- Begin with a single dot!