Our natural tendency is to do exactly what we did yesterday. We follow in the patterns that our lives our made of. It is like running a program. It is automatic. But what if we don’t like some of the aspects of our lives and we decide we want a change? Maybe we want to loose our extra weight. Maybe we want to make more money. Maybe we want a new relationship. Well here’s the thing, if you are going to make a change in your life you will need to stop living in the past and begin to define your life by a vision of the future. To change our lives we must change our thinking. You may ask then, how do I change my thinking? There are many ways to change our patterns of thought but the first and most important step is to simply become aware of our thinking and the best way I know of to do this is through meditation. When we quiet our mind this way we automatically start to become more aware of our inner dialogue. When we have this kind of consciousness we can begin to edit out the thoughts that no longer serve us and then initiate the kind of thinking that takes us closer to the future experiences we desire.
Here in Paris the crows are dashing in their coal black feathers and not only are they much larger then the plentiful pigeons they share city with but they come across much more confident. These powerful birds caught my attention early on and I began to wonder what they might symbolize for me. What I found from my search was that among the native Americans the crow was associated with death. They signaled death but not necessarily a physical death but also the death of a way of life, a way of being, a way of thinking. I liked the positive potential of this discovery. Living through the many changes COVID 19 brought to our world with this portent from the crow I suddenly saw Paris a beautiful proud city brought to it’s knees. I now saw a city ripe for harvesting the new and better ways of doing things. What if this passing away of what was is actually making room for more expanded ways of doing things? One specific change I have been impacted by is working with a brick and mortar gallery that was forced to shut down one day after my solo exhibition began because of the Paris lockdown. This situation has propelled me to learn everything I can about bringing my art business online more effectively. For me this has meant completely redesigning my website with a professional webmaster. It has also encouraged me to bring someone on the team who has expertise in creating social media ads.
It is my guess that your life has been dramatically impacted by the pandemic as well. I would love to hear from you about some of those changes and the positive experiences you have had because of it. I would also be interested to hear what you may be doing differently as a response to these changes. These are the conversations we need to be having right now so as to both encourage each other and share creative ideas that could be that inspiration for the next person.