Each minute detail contributes to the totality of our life, to the picture as a whole, our personality, our worldview based on experiences we didn’t know we had forgotten. Our thoughts, actions, environment, how we move about our life creates our future; as we are the subject in our painting, the actor in our dreams.
One warm morning in Tampa Bay, I began jogging along a nature trail on an empty dirt path, surrounded by trees and the sound of birds singing their morning song. I was not in the best shape, trying to get back into running like my cross country days in high school, trying to control my breathing yet feeling like I was going at a snail pace.
Just before I was about to give up, my adrenaline kicked in, and suddenly I felt good, suddenly I felt lighter, energetic, like there was hope and a future to my body rebuilding its strength and stamina. I stopped looking down at my feet, one foot in front of the other, and I looked up, I looked to the sides of me, passing trees, a beautiful little stream, squirrels scurrying away.
I noticed the suns arousal, illuminating the blue sky, clouds floating gracefully. I felt as though suddenly I began to glide. As I became comfortable in my stride, my imagination unfolded, my thoughts more creative, and my view of that moment in time was one of gratitude, beauty, peace and love for nature.
As I began to appreciate the serene Florida wildlife, I noticed that each glimpse, in its own way, was like a picture. As though the lens of my eyes were on automatic, snapping milliseconds of pictures through each view. And if you have ever taken a multitude of shots within one second, you recognize the slightest variance in each scene, unique in each way. (As animation is created.) It is such a majestic and extraordinary way that our brain and bodies work in unison.
It was in this moment, that the phrase, “Life is Art in Motion,” came to me. As I began to notice the finest details through my eyes, and appreciate them, I recognized real beauty. I had run this trail before, and I had been to other trails bigger, longer and perhaps more beautifully maintained, but never had I had this epiphany. I basked in its raw, earthy simplicity.
Each minute detail contributes to the totality of our life, to the picture as a whole, our personality, our worldview based on experiences we didn’t know we had forgotten. Our thoughts, actions, environment, how we move about our life creates our future; as we are the subject in our painting, or the actor in our dreams.
As a life- long student of dance, I imagine that every movement, in each pause and breath, that someone was taking a picture; from the toes to the fingers, posture, direction of movement, facial expressions, alignment, each detail can make all the difference. An untrained eye won’t always notice “mistakes,” but it may make the technical difference between laziness and perfection.
Same as with singing, the untrained listener doesn’t always know or follow each note, but one may recognize the overall sound created whether is harmonious or not.
We cannot see the notes, but they are scaling chords, moving us, moving our body, triggering memories; and the dance augers emotions… while watching, listening or dancing, time stands still.
Dance, singing, running in a park, playing with the kids, walking in the city, surfing in the ocean, helping others, doing what we love, or even what we don’t love to do, both the good and the bad; this is all art in motion.
We, as human beings are imperfect. But it is the effort, the kindness, the persistence, the creativity and self expression, and the unselfishness; herein is where the beauty/art in action lies.
Each day that we go through life, we capture every millisecond with our minds eye, our brains like our computer, processing images and creating memories, thoughts actions. Sometimes, we take for granted the opportunity to see, to create these memories.
We have a choice, to view life as art, as a constant creation; a mosaic of images that manifest our life, our destiny, or to go through life blind, only seeing what others put in front of you, with no imagination, only robotic action conditioned as one of the masses.
I urge you to choose to see color, choose to stop and take a moment to find your art, and take a moment to embrace it. Value nature, value the journey of change, when life gets tough, and then when you get a break.
Embrace the pain of challenge and hardship, for in that moment of your life, there is still art and value in your tears.
Just as in the picture that I attached to this blog, there was a storm right next to the sunrise. One may choose to focus only on the rain, without realizing the sun is right beside it. There is beauty in the rage of Mother Nature as well.
Life is yin and yang, and although I say appreciate and recognize the beauty and art, there will always be suffering and strife, challenges and heartbreak, disease and distress. Art is not always beautiful; sometimes it can be ugly, frightening or filled with sorrow and longing. We must find the purpose in everything. If we embrace the healing process, we become stronger and smarter for it.
In historical fine art, wars, bloodshed have been recorded. Series of paintings are dark and mysterious, with blacks and browns being used to portray corruption, greed, green for envy and red for blood and death. Every artist has their own perspective of pain, and each viewer has their own interpretation.
Even when in a moment of confusion and distress, still, we must appreciate the fact that we can still see physically, and with our senses, with our god given life and ability to move throughout the day, to be active, to be physical, to have the arms legs and mobility, to live a life. For there are many who cannot.
We can get through each chapter, the good and the bad, and as such we must embrace both the happy and the sad. After hurt comes healing. Our minds must surpass our emotion, yet both has its place.
The goal is to never stop moving, never become complacent, always strive for improvement to be the best “you,” to create your own happiness in life, to paint your own picture and choose the beauty you want to see.
Life is art in motion.
I use the term “beauty,” it can mean whatever you want it to mean. Something aesthetically pleasing, or a positive way something makes you feel, or a non-traditional (non-social norm) form of happiness.
It helps to find time to appreciate life by immersing yourself in a moment of being in nature. Finding an environment that envelopes your soul to feel something beyond id or ego, beyond satiating the instincts for survival, being distracted by entertainment, and releasing expectations, fears, and other people’s influence; view life for what you think it should be. Everyone can experience and should experience inner peace and appreciation of solitude within nature.