Friday, October 19, 2012
Blogtoberfest Day #19: Jennifer spies the sacred in the everyday
Today's guest prompt comes from artist, poet and dear dear friend Jennifer Valentine. Jennifer makes the most exquisite jewellery and whimsical assemblages from found treasures, available through her online shoppe so fittingly called Sacred Cake.
I love how Jennifer's post reminds us that a camera lens can give us a whole new perspective on our everyday world and invite us to slow down and notice the beauty that is always there:
When I am having a rough day, sometimes use my camera lens as a way to focus my mind on the things around me that are simple and beautiful. I become mindful of what is around me which brings me out of myself, as I seek the sacred in the ordinary things that become elevated to sacredness through my lens.
There is no need for a fancy camera. I use an old point and shoot!
I find my joy, wherever it is that day: in the dancing shadows of leaves on old plates on the dining room wall; in a favorite song or album played over and over for a little while; writing a quick postcard to someone I'm thinking of; even ironing vintage linens.
And in the joy of creating just a little something that day... even if it is just a made bed!
Reading this last line, makes me want to jump up and down shouting, YES! We are all artists of our lives... even if all we manage to "make" in a given day is our bed.
Thank you so much, Jennifer, for the beauty and wisdom you share every day.
Friends, where is the sacred nestled in amongst your every day, just waiting for you to notice?