I’m dividing my time between studio and yard, getting back into art-making and at-home routines after some recent travel and vacation time. Admittedly, I’ve been pretty lethargic during this run of hot weather – lots of 30c+ days. Our parched earth, and especially areas where wildfires are raging, are in desperate need of rain.
My travel adventures this past spring and summer took me to the south, east and west – from desert, to lake, to ocean. That’s more travel than I usually do in a year and I’ve enjoyed every minute. Some great memories were made!
Whenever I travel, I pack up my journal and a few basic art supplies so that I can collage pages of places visited, experiences, sights, etc., At least that’s my intention – e v e r y t i m e – but after a few days that practice goes out the window. This year, I finally decided I just wasn’t going to beat myself up about it anymore. Lots of great times were had and many photos taken; the memories are captured in my heart and mind, if not between the pages of a book.
Speaking of books, what’s been on your summer reading list? I’m guilty of buying books faster than I can read them, and actually shipped home a few found in a used book store in Victoria. Lately, I’ve been drawn to books about the Camino di Santiago; each author shares a different perspective and reason for doing the 800 km pilgrimage walk (something I hope to do next year!).
One book that I quite enjoyed was: The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred” by Phil Cousineau.” In it, the author tells how any travel – inner or outer – can be soulful and sacred.
“In each of us dwells a pilgrim. It is the part of us that longs to have direct contact with the sacred. We will travel halfway around the world and endure great sacrifice and pain to enter the sanctuary, whether it is a temple, shrine, cemetery, or library. This is the way that is no way, but a practice….Your practice is your path. It is simply the way of seeing, the way of hearing, the way of touching, the way of walking, the way of being…”
I’ll be months pondering “the way” of my travels this last little while and relishing those special moments that lie somewhere between pilgrimage and vacation – time spent with friends and family, the numbing cold of mountain streams, the feel of sand between my toes, the heavy scent of old forests, ocean breezes against my skin, fireworks lighting up the sky, and July’s full buck moon shining overhead.
Although I’m still in a summer frame of mind, fall playshop offerings are in the works…including a few new additions that have me really excited! Stay tuned…and in the meantime…
May your summer be filled with simple wonders to fill your heart and soul.