Gratitude & Ubuntu

Even though I’m a painter, I have a strange fascination with words…

I think some words are alive, they seem to grow and become energetically charged.“Gratitude” has a kind of life force.  I think when repeated out loud or as a silent mantra it grows, gets plump, bold, beautiful, colourful, expands, begins to ripen becomes tangible, tactile and delicious.
"a mystery" oil on canvas 36"x36" SOLD
As a recipient of gratitude you can physically feel it.  When others stand with you, show up, lend a hand, create support, smile at you, hug you, and look you in the eye.  We can hear it even when the word itself isn’t spoken, in kind and encouraging words, in curiosity and interest.  We can embody gratitude as it can be expressed in our actions.There is another word that never tires of repetition but only grows in depth and meaning when you discuss it, share it, pass it along, and try to live by it.Have you heard of  “Ubuntu?” (and I’m not referring to the free OS system)It is a South African philosophy, best described by Desmond Tutu in the video below – but I’ll make an attempt.

The powerful message behind this idea was a tool used to challenge Apartheid.  We are all one, woven tightly together, interlinked so that when one of us suffers, we all suffer and when one of us shines, we all shine.   Nelson Mandela lived Ubuntu, forgiveness was his bright light.

Ubuntu encourages us to stand up for one another and support each other.  It asks us to celebrate our friend’s successes, encouraging them to shine brightly for when they shine, so then do we.

We need to be ourselves and express that self to the best of our ability.  We need each other to be bold and be bright to create this amazing tapestry of humanity; beautiful, strong and life supporting.

Gratitude & Ubuntu are interlaced in my world and growing stronger.  These ideas were forefront when I was painting  “this will the day.”  Here below.

"this will be the day" oil on canvas 48"x48"
So I’ll repeat, and help them both grow.  Thank-you.Thank-you for coming out to my art opening, for calling me, sending me notes of encouragement from afar, thank-you for talking to me about my paintings, thank-you for purchasing my artwork and thank-you for reading this blog. I am so motivated to paint right now – I’m bursting with ideas and energy, painting makes me feel shiny – thank-you for that incredible gift.

Namaste (The divine light in me bows deeply to the divine in you).

Ubuntu - Desmond Tutu
Video – Ubuntu explained by Desmond Tutu – 2:15 minutes.
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By Marlene Lowden

I'm an abstract artist and a down to earth yogi. I live on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.

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