Photography has long been a hobby for me, and I’ve always treasured old family photographs and the rich stories they carry with them, but it wasn’t until I became a mother that I became obsessed with the need to preserve and remember each phase and detail of my family life.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend the whole day in a deeply moving and powerful meditation workshop. It was part of an inner work journey that I have been on, but something really surprising surfaced during my meditation.
Unexpectedly, photography was a theme that emerged over and over again. With eyes closed, I had such clear visions of images that I had created and held deep meaning for me, yet why I felt so connected to them had, prior to yesterday, really alluded me. I also had visions of images that I felt called to create.
I’ve always known for myself that there’s a deep connection between art and healing. What came up yesterday were specific images that I felt a deep connection to (like the one above and below) that I had created over the last few years but I didn’t quite have words for why they felt so important nor did I understand what the meaning was behind them. Prior to yesterday, I couldn’t have verbalized why I felt them so deeply, but in my meditation workshop I gained what felt like trie clarity around them, and was re-inspired by the power of art to make help meaning and assist in the process of healing. I also had clear visions of images that I felt deeply called to create, and I haven’t yet created them because it was just yesterday, but I know that I will! They feel important for me create. A story that needs to be expressed, and photography is my medium of choice.
And so, while yesterday’s meditative practice was about my own personal journey and trauma healing, what was inspiring for me was the deep power of photography and art to help expand our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. And the meaning making of those images was something the evolved over time. It also made me think about all the suffering that’s going on right now in Palestine and in the wider world and how art can be a messenger for hope, a call for action, and a connective force in our deeper humanity. Art is so very important.
So this is your reminder to create. Follow the calls you receive to created even if you don’t yet understand they why behind what you create. And trust your intuition when a piece of art feels important to you, even if you can’t yet articulate why. It probably is important and it’s part of your path toward deeper understanding.
Here’s to creativity, healing and expansion! May your art help support you on your journey.