First, we learnt the first muse is the muse born of water. Her name means attention, contemplation or meditation. In what way might your attention be born of water? Could you choose another element - wood, fire, earth, wind - and allow your attention to be born from that?
Last week, we explored acts of listening. How did the questions go? Did you look at the ways you listen to your physical body, the world, to nature, to others? Consider the questions again. You can always come back to the questions:
"What does listening mean to me?"
"Who is listening to me when no one is in the room?"
"How do I listen to the world, to others?"
This week, we look at how everything in life might be considered art. Let's extend those questions we posed on listening. How might listening be an art? Is listening an art that you might refine, polish and improve over time and with practice? Continue to practice acts of listening this week and throughout the course.
2. Watch the video. Consider the arts you are already practicing in your life. Ask yourself, what is not art?
3. Flip through the slide show and consider the play between the orderly and the disorderly in yourself.
4. For eager students with more time and interest, find some additional activities and resources below.
The following artists broke with convention and crossed into areas of the disorderly, the subconscious and, perhaps, the undercurrents. If you like, read the poems, listen to the music and view the artwork as inspiration for your creative practice. Cut-up pieces of what you see, read and hear and make something new. I've also included a link to The Poetry Foundation's page on Mary Oliver who is a popular and accessible poet. You may find that Mary Oliver resonates with you more. In keeping with our theme of water, take special note of her poems, "Beside the Waterfall,""Death at Wind River," and "At Black River." Look for images and notes of our theme this week of order and disorder, contraries and the unnamable and uncontainable wildness in all things.