Spring has just sprung and I am impatiently sating wanderlust one artwork at a time.
March 21, 2016 § 19 Comments
This exquisite painting by John Singer Sargent is titled ‘Palms’, was painted in 1917 & is currently displayed in the Worcester Art Museum [Massachusetts].
“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills … There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind.… So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.
I’m delighted to catch up with some reading – the first title is Thrive by Arianna Huffington. It’s quite an engaging read; I’m at the chapter which extols the virtues of meditation, which I’d been quite reticent about till having it be redefined as a method flexible enough to adopt existing traditions and beliefs, including the practice of mindfulness. My personal system is similar – typified by prayer, contemplation, striving for betterment and increased personal awareness, utilising gratitude) and centering exercises (combining inner peace, maintaining stillness of mind and positive focus in stressful situations). I eagerly await the health / happiness benefits from more fully incorporating this practise into daily life.
Isn’t it a universal goal to create a life from which you don’t need to vacation (or to escape) from, and a heart and mind which are in peaceful accordance?
Tell me more about you
- How do you maintain happiness during stressful occasions?
- What makes you feel most peaceful?