Finding The Piece...
Finding the art in our lives and in our environment involves remembering that there are multitudes of objects and sentimental pieces surrounding us, that belong to us, and that have
meaning and story.
These pieces reopen our imaginations and senses, and ignite our memories. This is especially true within our homes where we keep those objects of life that we need, preserve, and honor. Connecting with our children on levels that widen and deepen our relationship with them can also revolve around showing them items that are important to us and telling the stories behind their meanings.
When we have an extra level of understanding of the origins of another person’s desires, experiences, and emotions in relationship to the things that they possess, we feel closer to them and are able to extend a greater source of empathy. This is also true of the intimate exchange we hold with our children. Knowing that which motivates another, and that to which they are attached, gives us a breadth of knowledge and familiarity that allows us to pronounce who they are.
Think of your object and story – of what time and place is it in your life? How did it form or impress you with significance beyond other pieces? Whether it be a book, rock, shell, piece of jewelry, photograph, or piece of music, its meaning lives on in you solidified and eternalized.
What you decide to share of this piece, and how your represent your experience, may be passed down through you to your child to their children--it will be a legacy. The way that you find words and descriptions, and conjure the moments that accompanied the object, will become a part of your child's family and home concept. As well, to integrate people or places with which your children are also familiar will build a monument of memory for them to other locations and individuals.
Our children are eager to know us, particularly us in the center of our own sharing and happiness, as it is infectious and contributes to a positive self-esteem. The child intuits when we are present and alive in our transmission. They then feel themselves, in the all of our interconnectivity.
Ways to find the piece:
See the pieces within your home, those displayed and those that are put away, as treasures with stories.
Select a piece and hold it, observe it, and remember the depth of its meaning to you.
Recall the events through which it came into your possession – where were you, who was with you, was there an adventure involved, or did someone pass it on, and/or was this object searched for or found?
If the piece is art or music, when were you first introduced to it and what did it make you feel? How old were you, and what did you know of it at that time that has grown and developed in terms of what you know of it now?
Why is it important that the piece remain a part of your life now? Does it give you a sense of comfort, humor, hope, or luck?
As you find these answers and reflections, consider the age of your child and what you would most like to convey through sharing with them.
How do you want your child to perceive the object and its importance?
Is there someone else who is a part of the piece's story that they’ll know more through this type of sharing?
Ways to share with your child:
Introduce the piece by telling your child that you have something special to share with them.
Be clear about why the piece is special. If it is music, sit and listen to it with them. Ask them how the music makes them feel.
Ask them what they see about the piece.
Ask them if they have any questions about what has been shared.
Let them know why you keep the piece in a special place.
Ask them if they have any special pieces in their life that they would like to share.
For older children:
Older children may be more reluctant to engage in intentional acts of story sharing unless it involves something that is imminently interesting to them.
Watch for the opening. If you have something in mind that you’d like to share with an older child, the sharing should be as natural as possible.
Perhaps this opportunity emerges as you are both looking for something within the house, as you are driving past a place in the car, or when they are already inquiring about a part of your life that directly relates to some part of their current experience.
Keep In Mind..
Your children will also feel greatly respected by your acknowledgment of the pieces in their life to which they hold great attachment. Try to know that favorite book, the names of their dolls and action figures, the music to which they are most listening, or their favorite place in the park. Referencing these precious parts of their life, allowing them to know that you know, makes them feel a great sense of care.
Why Engage This Practice?
Understanding that we are surrounded by pieces and experiences past and present that give our lives deeper meaning reminds us of how much has actually occurred in our lives. Invoking this practice of remembering, holding, and sharing extends our gratitude for how much our life has held, how special we are, and how much we have to share with our children that is valuable.
Get ready for the magic, strength, and connection this practice will inspire
Use this opportunity to think of other areas of life that are important to you and your family but are unconsciously forgotten in the busyness of life. What pieces can you openly put forth on a mantel, table, or display that will inspire a reconnection with family passions and interests that were left behind?
OUR WORLD STUDIO THIS WEEK
This week as we find the piece ....
We can imagine the lights
The more we research and explore the expanse of nature and its phenomena, the more we can appreciate the unlimited dimensions of gift that they lend to our senses. As we perceive nature we also discover, through unraveling the elements and their interconnectivity, the light, energy, and movement so foundational to our planet. It is from light and heat and wind that we learn the most about our world, as well as from all that's suspended in space beyond our terrain, beyond the bow of our sky’s horizon, and that travels in varying frequencies through the atmosphere and out into the infinite unknown.
Do you wonder what other marvels of motion and color adorn the cosmos?
Finding The Lights
Mostly we will imagine and dream of glimpsing this luminous promenade of dancing curtains at points most north in our globe. For visitors, these lights are rarely seen. For inhabitants of these regions, perhaps they are seen nightly. Billions of charged particles of solar wind head directly into Earth’s atmosphere and there a collision occurs, releasing light, resulting in a wonder of color and towering art. This natural art can inspire us to seek more knowledge about the way the universe works and how much more it creates.