I started the Day 22 leaf art pretty late in the day – around 10 PM, and thought I’d keep it really simple – just a leaf, may be. But, the scenario changed quickly. As I was reading Rumi’s poetry, those thought-provoking, powerful and soulful words of wisdom were creating a stir within me. So much so that I decided to translate one of the poetry (‘unfold your own myth‘) into the day’s leaf art. But, would you believe me – I’d decided on the Pomegranate even before I decided to connect my art with Rumi’s words, yet, the pomegranate tree fitted beautifully into the poetry and my vision of the self unfolding, the heart opening up and the dance of the soul (title of my art).
And, a revelation dawned on me (for the millionth time!) – that there are no coincidences in life. Life is a divine tale – every moment written down to the T. We just need to be present in every moment to see the divine intention. And, our own mission in it.
So, check out today’s art and some more related stories and links, including meaningful poetry links for kids.
Note: But, before you delve into the full post, I want to apologize for the incomplete post that went into your emails yesterday. The feed picked up my half-complete post. I’m sure you may have noticed the absurdity. Here’s the complete article (Colours of the Universe) with lots of pics, the meaning behind each element in the painting and fun links for kids to learn about astronomy.
Have you read Rumi? If yes, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that his words and thoughts are food for the soul. He’s one writer/poet that I can read again and again and yet feel that light shining within me each time. (Oh, and Kahlil Gibran, too!)
But, if you haven’t read him, I highly recommend that you start with a compiled translation of his poetry in this book – Essential Rumi. Rumi – the 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic – his spiritual legacy has transcended national and ethnic borders in the past 7 centuries.
Dance of the Soul – Unfold Your Own Myth
So, this was the poetry that inspired me to make this art. The words are:
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
My Vision: Meaning from the Art:
The colourless, bare heart at the bottom of the painting portrays a heart that hasn’t recognized its own mission, it’s love and its true self. It’s only thriving on the stories of others. That heart, takes inspiration, grows into a tree and blooms to its full potential (the pomegranate on top – with red and juicy seeds). This renewed heart glows with happiness and bursts into a dance that brightens up the whole universe.
I included the pomegranate fruit in today’s leaf art because in it, I saw the heart opening up in full glory and life. The red kernels of the fruit stood out as a symbol of life (blood, red blood cells), which again is so significant for me at this stage (pregnancy). I’ve been anemic since childhood and it’s very important for me to make sure my haemoglobin count doesn’t fall leading to less than sufficient oxygen for my baby. I’ve been eating Pomegranate every single day, so no wonder that this tree should find a spot in my 30-day leaf art challenge.
Useful links: Spirituality for Kids/Family
- Online – Spiritual poems, stories and more.
- Book (for kids) – Buddha at Bedtime (Tales of Love and Wisdom to read with your child)
- Book (for you) – If Buddha Had Kids (Raising Children to Create a More Peaceful World)
- Home – Nature Table – Create a Spiritual Corner for the Whole Family
Leaf Art – Day 1 to Day 21:
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