I just finished watching Under The Tuscan Sun for about the tenth time. The landscapes depicted in the film always force me to take a deep cleansing breath. I particularly love the scenes with hills filled with sunflowers; one of my favorite flowers. As the protagonist in the film, played by Diane Lane, I too am mesmerized by the peacefulness and serenity that surrounds her gorgeous new property. Every time I watch this movie I want to get on a plane to visit this part of Italy.
I suppose that art in its every form can help us practice mindfulness. Watching films that show and focus on change of scenery and being closer to nature most definitely is a great way to become still and calm. Watch the following clip and you will know what I mean.
The video is not from the film; but it does show some very tranquil scenes. Many movies transport you to other spaces and places. They can truly inspire and help us to release stress. Of course nothing beats taking a walk through the woods or driving through the country side and really seeing nature up close.
“Mindfulness practice holds the promise of helping us see how the mind works-in particular how it creates suffering and how suffering can be alleviated.” Diane Lane plays Frances or Francesca as everyone ends up calling her in the movie. She has recently divorced and ends up buying a house in Tuscany. She had no idea this would happen; it was an impulsive and courageous move. Her determination to find happiness in this new environment helps her to revisit her writing.
She forgets her suffering and begins to understand more about herself. Her initial suffering is alleviated because she learns to see and be mindful.
Inspired by her character I started a landscape painting full of sunflowers. We need to learn to understand the habits of our mind. It takes a lot of practice to accomplish this. I am leaning that I also need to be patient and simply make sure I look at the beautiful views accessible to me even if once in a while they come packaged in a DVD.
Haiku is one of my favorite forms of poetry. I have tried my pen at writing my own Haiku. I fell in love with the poems of the Haiku masters such as Buson, Bashō, Issa. Buson was a poet and a painter (1715-83). He actually made a living as a painter as he produced haiga which combines haiku with pictures. His poetry is impressionistic as he evokes nature.
For me Haiku evokes deep emotions and takes a snapshot of nature. The following is a poem by Buson I love and hope you enjoy.
Cherry petals scattered
In the water between seedlings of rice
moon and star light!
it is not difficult to practice mindfulness as you read this poem.
Write a Haiku poem about our crazy weather patterns lately.
A Haiku poem is composed of three lines containing 17 syllables in the following pattern 5-7-5. You do not have to worry about rhyme. Please share your poems in the comments of this post. Hopefully other bloggers/poets will add to comments for a continued conversation during National History Month.
May your day be blessed with mindful moments!!!