Tell me, what are you saying “YES!” to?
It is a simple enough question on the surface of it - a favourite during my time as a leadership coach actually. The answers are sometimes surprising, especially if we assume we already know the answer… let’s be open to being surprised and ask the question from that most illuminating place of the unknown or not knowing. What are you saying “Yes!” to?
Having just listened to four versions of “hallelujah”( two by Leonard Cohen, one by Rufus Wainright and another by Katie Lang) I believe my answer might be that I am saying “yes” to embracing our greatest sorrows with expressions of love - a personal yet universal journey.
This is frequently the place where my brushes refuse to be silent and their rattling will only cease once my inner weeping has transformed itself into pure joy upon the canvas. This joy is not an end but rather a method, an approach or a journey through a space in time. In the results, one might not even notice with one’s eyes. Yet, possibly, a feeling will envelop the viewer. There is an opportunity, an invitation even, to say “yes” and step into the landscape, savouring, sniffing, wondering and enjoying.
This, my friends, is my life, my passion, and one of my greatest joys as a landscape painter, particularly on a rainy misty day like day, on a small island off the southwest coast of Canada.
I share these thoughts in memory of Barbara Marx Hubbard (December 22, 1929 to April 10, 2019) and her vision for conscious evolutionary potential, as practiced in this plein air painting session.