Saturday when I went to pick up my child from her dance class, I stumbled upon an ikebana exhibition next to her class. This simple flower arrangement symbolizes not only aesthetic beauty but something that touches the inner self Zen philosophy believes in concentration and practice. Ikebana focuses on inner stillness leading to an enriched sense of self which comes with practice ,discipline and awareness. Awareness of being in the moment. The arrangement of the flowers were so simple, and yet their beauty spoke volumes. The more I saw, the calmer and quiet I became. What must the artist have gone through before the final arrangement was reached? Journeys are not only about destinations but the process as well. So often I have found myself enjoying the process .
Ikebana art is not only about beauty. It is about the marriage of beauty and simplicity. The blend that brings up the best combination soothing to the heart and mind and pleasing and attractive to the eye. I enjoyed the evening. I went back home in a much calmer and appreciative state of mind. This is usually felt when I have been doing my meditation processes and experienced the inner journey. Healing sessions with music, have left me calm and soothed from within. Connecting to you inner ‘zen’ during healing and meditation sessions is always a humbling experience that emphases just how simple, honest and open a life we can lead. When we are focused and in the moment we reach a state of ‘zen’. The more clarity of mind we experience, the more intense is the overall experience. Just like the arrangement of flowers and branches we create in effect, the calm that nature brings to us.