I’m not too sure who coined the phrase, “The Great Pause”, but with a quarter of the world in lockdown, it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently. Never has so much of the world come to such a dramatic halt so suddenly. For the first time in generations, people have no choice but to stop and take a pause.
Commissions may not sound very exciting but for me it’s a chance to create something outside the box of the familiarity of my usual work. It’s a chance to meet people and through the lens of art, get a glimpse of the world through their perspective. But above all it’s an opportunity for co-creation.
Recently, I attended a ten-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat – ten days without technology, speaking, reading, writing, listening to music, exercising, or communicating in any way. Oh, and of course, close to 11 hours of meditating a day.
It’s as if our natural state of being as humans is lightness, love and joy and yet we’re continuously tethered to things that don’t serve us and subconsciously restrict us from achieving our full potential.
Choice is infinitely one of the greatest abilities humans have. The ability to know and feel emotions and make choices not based on these emotions, but on a soul level, opens us up to so much joy in the world! In any given moment we have choice. In any given moment we can choose differently.