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ZEN PRACTICE AT THE IRMA STERN MUSEUM

ZEN PRACTICE AT THE IRMA STERN MUSEUM
January 11, 2011 Clementina


So I have been sitting the past week manning my and Hennie’s show at The Irma Stern Museum and discovered that this is a perfect opportunity for meditation practice…
It goes like this:
I purchase some flowers from a store, and then I walk into the wonderful garden at the museum and pick a few small stems. I fill a watering can with fresh water.
I look at the wall of flower vases and carefully scan it looking for wilted or dying flowers.
I gently remove these and then empty the stale water into a bowl.
And then…and this is where the focus begins in earnest …I carefully remove one vase at a time and fill it with water and replace it on the wall. The little pouch at the back is tiny and if one pours too fast it overflows. So this activity requires concentration and care.
I then sort out my flowers and cut and clip them to fit the vases. This feels like a zen activity, akin to the mindfulness applied in the tea ceremony or other meditation practices. Very present, being here now…

Comment (1)

  1. Kitty Shepherd 13 years ago

    I think these are so charming and I love the shadows the flowers cast, have you read In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizak?

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