Time’s round

photo :  Luke Jerram’s large inflatable sculpture of the Moon, Art Science Museum “Floating Utopias”

It feels healthy to make good relationship with time. Remembering to mark the phases of the moon is one of the healthiest habits I have learned in recent years. At the full moon and the new moon I go to a river or body of water and sing a song or read a poem and take some time to reflect on gratitude and to . let go what does not need to come into the next phase of life. Sometimes I go with friends, my daughter or partner, but mostly I go alone. I’m finding the practice breaks free from experiencing life as the spinning hamster wheel and expands the scope of experience to the cycles of the moon.

You only know a person or a place over time: more dimensions and details appear with the years. Time gives understanding that words can not reach or explain. And images too. Images speak. Images compress time in such interesting ways.

Here are circles from Paul Laffoley, precisely mapping Dante’s Paradiso and condensing the journey into a round, and Amanda Sage’s ecological vision communicates mysterious potentials emerging out of eclipsed darkness.

Left: Paul Laffoley, Paradiso, 1975
Right: Amanda Sage, A New Dawn, 2017

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