‘Just slow down. Slow down your speech. Slow down your breathing. Slow down your walking Slow down your eating. And let this slower, steadier pace perfume your mind. Just slow down….’ dojo
This quote is so true for all of us. When you do slow down you see just how frantic most of our lives have become. When I lived at 5000′ in the San Bernardino Mountains I made infrequent trips off the mountain. On the return trips back up the mountain from the flats of San Bernardino I experienced that the energy changed at about 3000′. It was palpable….the lack of busy mind and an overwhelming sense of well being…… and it was something almost tangible. The mountain held solitude and quiet in reverence. Not so the business of the population of the lower altitudes. I couldn’t say just what this was all about. I have been given a few spiritual explanations but no matter. There was a silence that became available on the mountain and not readily so in flat land. Having recently moved to a metropolitan area I can say that maintaining that peace and calm is a challenge but I know how it feels. I was taught by the nature of the mountain and I carry the peace within. I must be vigilant to live quietly now since I am surrounded by noisy chatter of all kinds.
Changing the subject……I painted this bear from the same sketch that I did of ‘Rose Bear.’ Reason being is that the plan I envisioned for the background didn’t work out. I usually don’t redo a painting but I just couldn’t see what to do with it. As soon as ‘Rose Bear’ left for her new owner I saw how to fix the background. I’m glad because I really liked this bear. So if you think you are seeing double, this is why.