Until we allow some of Nature’s stillness to reclaim us, we will remain victims to the instant, and never enter the heritage of our ancient belonging.
~ John O’Donahue
This quote by author and poet John O’Donahue feels especially relevant to me after our recent trip exploring Arizona’s varied landscapes. It amazed me how quickly vistas changed – from desert cactus into forested ponderosa pines; sun-bleached scrub to rich greens – we were gifted with an ever changing sky, and sunlight that drew patterns across towering red rocks, creating masterpieces of breathtaking beauty.
We explored geological sites, cliff dwellings and petroglyphs; centuries-old remains of a people who called this place home long before it was ‘discovered.’ Lingering – awed – imagining the lives and history and changes that have occurred. At one site, the path was lined with markers placed in front of the different trees, bushes, and grasses native to this area. Each marker explained the plant’s multiple uses – and I was struck by just how much Nature provides, even in the desert, and how much of that knowing we’ve lost. Certainly makes me want to learn more about the native plants here in Alberta. And those TREES – don’t you just love that mottled bark?!! What are the chances they’d grow and thrive in our northern climate?
Some landscapes just call for stillness and reverence; a deep knowing/sensing that there is something special – sacred even – about that place. After my fun-filled visit earlier this year, I knew I had to come back someday and explore further, though I never expected it would be within the same year!
Now that I’m back, it’s full swing ahead preparing for the Fall Fair on November 7th. If you’re out and about, stop by my booth (#17) to say hello!
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take
between two deep breaths”. ~ Etty Hillisum
To me, November is like “the rest we take between two deep breaths” – the ‘pause’ before the holiday season really gets underway. The days are getting colder, and there’s no denying it’s time to dig out the warm woolies. It’s also a time for me to get at those half-finished art projects that I promised myself I’d complete. Well, at least I’ll try, and then put them away. There’s no point, and often impossible, to force interest or inspiration for something whose time has passed. Finally, I’ll give my studio space a good sweep of things I’ve accumulated and get it ready for several new projects I want to begin. Then there’s some binding to do…glue-book pages and mail art from the de-constructed journal swap that I participated in…
Ha! Doesn’t sound like I’ll be getting much of a rest this month!!
What’s on your plate for November?