Friday, August 12, 2011

Mini Sacred Pause

Slow Sunny Day watercolor 2.5"x6.5"

When I was in Istanbul two years ago, this scene by the square near the Blue Mosque caught my eye. I can't remember what she was selling as she sat there on that very sunny hot hot day. The square was quite crowded with pilgrims and tourists but I saw how the lady watching the child and the child joyfully chasing after the flock of birds were each in their own world.  In this miniature, I choose to paint just that. It was a challenge to paint small and only some of details but I loved the process. 

I read the other day in a article "Sacred Pause" written by Hugh Bryne and Rebecca Hines :"In the midst of daily life there are simple ways to take a “mini sacred pause,” bring awareness to what is alive here and now, and relax into presence" Doesn't it look like the lady and the child know how to integrate those mindful principles? As it is life is very fragile - we definitely need to take and appreciate these 'sacred pauses.'

20 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

Beautiful in every way, Meera.

Greeshma said...

loved this one!

padmaja said...

A lovely job in a miniature, you have incorporated many things in to this..including the sacred pause..made me introspect on my own moments of such pauses..

meera said...

Thank you Carol. I hesitated for two years to paint this one :) I guess some paintings need that kind of incubation period!

meera said...

Greeshma, Thanks! I really appreciate your comments --made my day :)

meera said...

Thank you, Padmaja, Watching the scenery and painting it were indeed a life lesson for me!

Anonymous said...

This is so good!! Just loved this one!! :)

Nirmala

meera said...

Nirmala, Thanks :) A break through for me too!

Kathy Staicer said...

It is amazing for being so small. The details are so delicate. I also love the feeling of the painting. Good job Meera.

meera said...

Thanks Kathy! I did have to use a magnifier at times when I was painting :) I t was very satisfying to paint it.

Saee said...

Very beautiful and insightful. Perhaps it being a hue of purple and me being in a state of wanting to cultivate mindfulness, it appeals to me more.

cathyswatercolors said...

Really great painting. I am going to check out the seven links project. I love the idean of a sacred pause, i will need that when school starts!

meera said...

Saee, thanks! Its surprising how sometimes the colors select themselves to be on the paper.... it is wonderful indeed you are on your way to cultivating mindfulness!

meera said...

Thank you Cathy, I think I need it all the time :) Good luck with school!

Katherine Thomas said...

This is such a stirring painting, and a very profound post. I read it through twice because it had such a touching message. You're a gifted writer and thinker as well as an artist!

Heera said...

Both the picture and the thought behind it is beautiful.

meera said...

Katherine, you comment really touched me. Thank you very much !

meera said...

Hi Heera thank you so very much - you all give me so much support - it is absolutely wonderful!

Teresa said...

Beautiful painting...and quote. Love the idea of "sacred pauses" during the day. Thanks for sharing!

meera said...

Thanks Teresa, in the aftermath of the hurricane we all need those pauses, don't we?

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