New art always raises new questions for me, and this Remember image brings up so many:
What do the layers of memory feel like within me?
What memories stay strongest in me?
How have I strengthened memories I’d like to keep?
What’s it like as I encounter the fragility of remembering or thought?
When I find a light in grief or a difficult remembrance, how did I find it?
How will I love and bless the memories of the dear ones I have lost?
What has my family forgotten that it would be healing to remember?
What truths do I want my communities and culture to honor and remember?
How will the Earth remember me, and us?
How would I like to be remembered, now and after I’ve died?
What would help me remember who I want to be, when I forget?
What do I choose to remember, to keep lit in the center of my life?
I often find poetry rising too, when I explore a new art image. Here are three that came up for me this time (click the title to see the full poems):
Finally, because I made this collage-painting at a tender time, the memory of someone beloved also tugs at my heart whenever I see this Remember art.
If you would, please join me in blessing the life and memory of my father-in-law, David, who passed just over a month ago. My wife and I have felt rearranged, in both grief and love, through his loss. So this art has become for me a memorial also-- for David, and all those who've gone before. So many luminous lives have flown recently, and over the years… I hope they remind me to live well now, as fully as I can, in each day I am given.
What do you choose to remember, to keep lit in the center of your life?
May it be so.
Thanks again to the Brave Joy Collective members who supported the creation of this art! I'm so grateful we're on this journey together.