Day 30 of 59 Days: "Soul's Echo"
Day 30: “Soul’s Echo”
May 21, 2019
Original Painting: “Soul’s Echo,” Acrylic on Canvas, 24×24, 7/29/17
There is a way that creating, whether it is painting or writing, reverberates or echoes something deeper. As I selected this painting to write about, I struggled to find the words. I meandered, side-stepped and avoided the current message that was percolating from this canvas. The message is one of the soul, my Soul. It may be a collective message that resonates with others, like a blaring of an alarm clock, it is time to wake up!
The Soul’s Echo is a Divine message that was placed deep within. As we navigate life, there are things that open us and there are things that shut us down. This internal echo is a reminder, a homing beacon, a calling forth of something greater than ourselves…and yet, it is personalized to reflect our true Self. The message doesn’t need a special decoder ring, it does, however, need to be listened to. In the busyness of living the question becomes how can we listen to something that you may not even know is there? Guidance may show up in an exhaustion that sleep doesn’t quell. Or, it could show up through conversations, dreams and synchronistic moments. It takes patience, time and a willing heart.
I laugh as I read the word patience. I told a friend just the other night, “I finally figured out how I can have patience. I planted impatiens in my yard, and I am adding some southern ease to their name, I’m patient.” If only it was that easy to learn patience. It is a practice, a plan and even a pact I must commit to. I also have said, “don’t ask to learn patience because you will be given lessons to practice it.” Yet, listening to the Soul’s Echo, may take time, softness and understanding that requires the “p” word. I guess I cannot avoid learning it any longer.
Yesterday I was guided to sit under my birch tree in the back yard. At first, I didn’t. There wasn’t a chair over by it, so I sat looking at it. This nagging thought kept at me like a gnat circling my head. I pulled a chair over into the grass and reclined there for twenty minutes. The entire time, I was pestered by a fly buzzing my head or alighting on my foot. I couldn’t still myself enough to enjoy the canopy of my favorite tree in my yard. As I rose out of the chair, I decided to leave the chair in the grass, under the tree and try again another day. Sometimes it takes several times circling the meditation chair to arrive at a place you already knew. I used to have a dog, Bailey, that would circle one way and then the other before lying down. My son and I would chant, “circle, circle, circle and… circle, circle, circle” until Bailey would settle. We would laugh every time. I find myself chanting this for myself as I seek to hear my Soul’s Echo. It is after all a spiraling inward.
Blessings and peace on your journey!
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