The trees listen ever
observant and still while
three waterfalls splash.
My soul bathes in the ever flowing, ever present river which feeds and receives them.
Unafraid of the rocky places and the rapids I
hang on for dear life and laugh out loud. painting:Ed Pahr
This week’s exploration is Vrksasana, Tree Pose. Being a tree, finding new balance, inner and outer vision. Trees are great at standing still while the waterfalls flow and go their merry way. If we become still we can watch the movement of the mind spilling over.
I once heard in a yoga class, if you can create a triangle in space you can create any form you want in your life. Seemed entertaining but a bit simplistic and yet , this is part of the lesson. As stated before, the pose is not the point, rather it may be a point of departure or a place to rest along the way because the journey to self is long and sometimes arduous. A tree of course is not mobile but the mind which is, can encompass and observe and perhaps learn a lesson from the trees. In the painting, see two of them standing side by side in a beautiful setting, each standing on their own yet sharing. I can even imagine that they might, if they chose when nobody’s looking, dance across the shimmering surface as their reflection does.
I chose yet another painting by my husband, Ed for today’s illustration. A little over ten years ago he began to paint. A painter was born seemingly from nowhere. Not even an inkling that this was waiting to express itself through him until one day he asked, can I use those paints? I marveled as I saw a blank canvas come alive, and an image appear. It gave me courage to leave the life I knew behind and create a new life.