I’m typing my stick figured writing, trying to reach for Van Gogh. My art of writing turning into science as I build my sentence structure word by word. I pause. Where am I going with this stream of consciousness?
I re-read the first two sentences, dragging up Lectio Divina in bible study from my Catholic past. The first stage is lectio (reading) slowly and reflectively so that it sinks into me. The second stage is meditatio (reflection) where I think about the text I have chosen and ruminate upon it. The third stage is oratio (response) where I leave my thinking aside and simply let my heart speak. The final stage of Lectio Divina is contemplatio (rest) where I let go not only of my own ideas, plans and meditations but also of my words and thoughts, listen at the deepest level of my being to what the words have to say.
My mind goes back to first year at St.Bernard’s Secondary School where my project in art class was to paint a beach scene. I painted the whole canvass yellow and then drew a multitude of stick figures on the yellow background. I received a c- with the comment ” I was expecting more from you Leonard”.
Shall I write a story about Van Gogh drawing a stick figure and wishing upon a star to bring it to life. I decided against it, not wishing to be sued by Disney for plagiarism.
What is the difference between science and art?Doesn’t everything originate in the brain and so is to be studied and quantified and rationalized. Or is there something else? Spiritual awakening, awareness of being, transcendence, do we have a soul or just a brain?
It’s been 24 days since I started on this new adventure, my new chapter in the book of life, and I’m still enjoying the experience. It does make you think a little more. Ouch!