My latest piece is about connection, but not the kind we’re used to. While I love the internet for reaching across space and borders, sometimes we all need to unplug and connect in a different way.
When it’s quiet, and I’m not typing away like a robot, I can tune into my own soul. Once, while running, I experienced my soul as an invisible form behind my physical body. Later, I learned Tibetan Buddhists believe the soul lives behind the body.
Sometimes visions will pop into my head for me to paint. They’re messages from our higher selves, I believe, ready to manifest into the physical plane, to serve as beckons of enlightenment. It’s quiet, solitude, and reflection that connects me to these ideas.
4 Steps to Connect by Disconnecting*:
- Unplug. If you’re like me, and somewhat addicted to the web, download an app like SelfControl to lock yourself out of certain sites for a few hours or a day. Turn off your phone.
- Connect with yourself. Stretch your body, count your breath, take a spa day, walk in the woods.
- Connect with your soul. Meditate on the part of you who observes without judgement. Let the rest fall away.
- Connect with the collective unconscious. (Jung’s place of our shared archetypes and stories.) Listen, feel, and be open to humanity. Keep a dream journal, writing in it every morning on waking, to strengthen your connection. Nourish your imagination by relaxing your mind and changing your perspectives.
*It’s woo woo but it works! 🙂
When we connect to humanity without opening the computer, we can still feel the noise of the world, and empathize with the grief out there. We can share the burden of responsibility to steward the earth, animals, and our culture. We can feel the beating hearts of each person hoping and living for love. We can realize our place in the web of beings, and send our love back into it.
Here’s a speed peek as I paint the World Wide Web. It’s 12 days of work condensed into 2 minutes! Enjoy…
Love, Meghan Oona ♥