Meditation & Health #9-Every Home Needs Art
Every Home Needs Art
Colors and sound create moods. For inspiration, our eyes and mind need to be stimulated. Pictures do that for us. The brain processes what the eye sees, making connections and associations to find a meaningful understanding of the visual input. Meaning depends on our life experiences and knowledge. Our interpretation may change over time as we mature and our circumstances evolve.
In the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of inspiration is “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.” Our creativity can be stimulated through any of our five senses, but for the individual who is blessed with the gift of normal sight, visual stimulation is the most powerful. In the home, visual stimulation can be created through artwork.
The location of the earliest prehistoric cave painting is still under debate but there’s no argument that the oldest examples of visual art date back approximately 40,000 years. Those paintings are often located in caves that lack signs of ever having been inhabited and were most likely used for communication, or religious or ceremonial purposes. Forty thousand years later, we continue to decorate our walls. We decorate to make our living spaces attractive; we leave a creative mark in our personal space to please the eye and refresh the spirit after a day at work. When we put up on art piece, we introduce creativity and stimulation. The choice of artwork then depends on our intention for the space where it is to be displayed.
Decorative art generally has no other function than to be seen. Historically, it was regarded as lowbrow because it was accessible to the masses. For centuries in Europe, masterpieces of fine art by gifted masters such as Michaelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da vinci have been exalted, but were certainly never found in the home of an average person. In East Asia during the Middle Ages, ink wash painting, shui-mo hua, was the most prestigious form of Chinese art practiced by highly educated scholar gentlemen.
To the man on the street, fine art is inaccessible, but decorative art need not only be fine art. To bring some elements of interest to a wall, clean simple lines in colors that complement the surroundings do much to enhance a room.
Chinese calligraphy is a wonderful example of simplicity, elegance and movement. Chinese calligraphy and shui-mo hua are closely related, since they are accomplished using similar tools and techniques. Although it uses Chinese words as its vehicle of expression, one does riot have to know Chinese to appreciate Its beauty as, in essence, Chinese calligraphy is an abstract art that draws the viewer in and invites him to Interpret what he sees in ways that ore meaningful to his personal experiences.
Religious art illustrates the worship of a god or deity and is usually used as a point of focus for a religious practice at home. For that purpose, spiritual art pieces are usually displayed prominently in a special place that is in keeping with the essence of the faith. Most often, religious artwork is displayed on an altar or a prominent wall facing the living room or entrance to the home. Spiritual art is rarely found in kitchens, bedrooms or bathrooms.
Religious artwork is intended to uplift the mind to the spiritual; such pieces convey a unique message to each believer who gazes upon them. Spiritual art in the home often serves as a daily reminder to aspire to a higher consciousness.
It is best to avoid art that portrays spiritual or religious figures or concepts In distorted or disrespectful ways. Such art contributes to o negative environment.
Art for Meditation
Meditation benefits both physical and mental health, helping to develop a more effective mind as well as maintaining a state of relaxation. If you want to dedicate a space or room for this activity, there are a few things that can enhance the environment to make it more conducive to your meditation journey.
Images or artwork can be placed as a focal point for meditation. They can serve as reminders to return to your practice if your mind wanders off or you get distracted by external happenings. Practitioners of Bodhi Meditation can use pictures of Grandmaster JinBodhi or his artwork in their meditation rooms for this purpose. Positive images of people who ore important in your life and on that can focus your mind work very well for this. When using artwork In meditation practice, you should be aware of the influence that could be exerted on your meditative ruminations.
Art for Feng Shui
Feng shui, an ancient philosophy, is based on a belief that everything in this world resonates with either a positive or negative energy, yin or yang qi, respectively Applying the principles of feng shut in your home will ensure a free flow of energy, as yin and yang will be balanced. Artwork displayed according to the principles of feng shui will enhance the beauty of your home while providing you the positive energy you need to have a great day. Empty space also needs to enter into the equation, as it can help to channel energy flaw and prevent negative qi.
• According to the principles of feng shui, pictures with water elements that are hung on the northern wall will improve career and success.
• If you work in a field where creativity is an appreciated quality, then you should consider
placing. on the west wall, a piece of art that defines creativity to you. The essence of highly inspired schools such as abstract expressionism may help unleash the boundless creativity of the mind.
• The east wall of a room corresponds to health and family and should not be empty. This is a great place for hanging wedding and family portraits and pictures that suggest the vitality of Nature, which symbolizes health and life.
• The wall that directly faces your bed needs to have pictures that inspire you. You want pictures of inspirational people or messages that make you feel more confident in your
abilities. For this wall, It’s Imperative to avoid artwork that is dark and suggests anxiety, sadness or hopelessness.
Art for Living
Artwork in any room should enhance the room; it should arouse a positive sense of wellbeing in the viewer. Abstract art tickles the imagination, inviting the viewer to interpret the images in ways that are meaningful to his experiences. Art with a spiritual purpose must be treated with respect. And artwork for feng shui can be used to enhance the qi of each room in your home. Art that is beautiful and meaningful to you has the power, through the boundlessness of the creative spirit, to enhance your quality of life.