Julie Forrester shares a walking meditation as part of our Thursday Club - online.
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Walking Meditation - saluting things
Taking a walk south towards the furthest point of the 2 km curfew. Docklands. On the way saluting everything that came into view, addressing each vision as it arrived, naming it with an additional acknowledgement using …that …with ….who or ….ing:
Hello chestnut tree who I see everyday
Hello rubbish bin that is blocking my way
Hello ivy reaching through the railings
Hello wall with peeling paint
Hello ash tree with your buds coming out
You can do this as a meditation on acknowledging ordinary things in the everyday. It doesn’t matter what you say, just say the first thing that comes to mind, allow the words to be mundane (as mine are above), and also to surprise! Keep going as long as you like, you can respond to sound and smell as well.
When you have named many things take out your phone and capture a photo of something - any thing that appeals to you - today I crossed over the railway and noticed the beautiful and ornate repeated pattern of the blue railings, it suggested a dance to me. I said “hello blue railings who are dancing for me”
Then I turned to look back the river and saw a tree, just about to come into bud, forming a delicate screen of veins over some building work on the docks, I thought soon it would be in leaf and will block that view. I said “hello tree, veins of the city” and I thought about how we see trees as lungs and rivers as arteries, and I thought about veins bring the blood back to the heart, this was a soothing thought.
So here I have made a small story. Now I can draw it.
I have my photos and my salutation to guide me in the context.
You can do this too.
You could also do the saluting meditation around the house/garden - even inside - wherever you chose to move, so long as the intention is set.
I have taken baby steps, allowing the drawings to shape themselves, which in turn shape what I am attracted to looking at.
See my photos “Blue railings” and Veins of the City” below.
You can also find the drawings I have been making on Instagram here:
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Here is Elisabeth Magill’s Blue Constrictor, which is in the Crawford Art Gallery Collection
What is going on in this image?
Magill uses photography as well as oil paint in building the layers can you see evidence of this in the image below?
How does the title influence the way you see this image?
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