I’m back on track…this is actually the post for day seven of Feast for the Soul. If you’re traveling with me on this journey, you’ll know I painted on my meditation piece yesterday altering my usual routine. What I didn’t mention in the post was my derailment went beyond the routine. The derailment happened in the design of what I was creating.
I had an idea, an actual design plan for this piece. I went to the basement to begin painting and after I applied the first layer, I got stopped in my tracks. The outcome, somewhat unpredictable, didn’t match the idea in my head. I finished painting, let it dry, and brought it back to my studio. A big sigh…I didn’t like it. The printing seemed a bit off. I didn’t get the definition in the stamping I had planned. Alas, I can’t control everything. Talk about bursting my own bubble!!
Once again, I came to the fork in the road. Should I discard the piece and start from scratch, or forge ahead and make the best of an unplanned situation? I decided to continue working on the piece because it’s about the process, not the product.
I began my ritual, lighting my candle, starting the music and threading the needle. I began mark making with the thread and all of a suddenly I felt lighter. I was in the midst of a happy accident. What I thought was a mistake and a hindrance had become a unique design element I couldn’t have planned if I tried.
I felt my spirits lift, and my momentum increase as I progressed through my meditation. The deeper I entered my meditative state, the lighter I felt, and the piece has begun taking on a life of its own. It is guiding me in the design process teaching me as I stitch along.
I left my studio this morning feeling lighter. I felt a renewed sense of openness. I experienced a letting go allowing me to loosen my grip on my own life. Not bad for a day’s meditation!!