Listening to my daughter’s Zahara CD, there is a song she sings so emotionally and it got me thinking. For artists, their art is a place of safety, a refuge, an escape from everything else, a pit stop to recoup, recover, refill, recharge and heal before getting back to the jungle.
Humans being are rational and spirit beings, we are meant to feel and to think, however we tend to focus more on the rational side than spirit. Often our work expects us to use more of our rationality (sometimes even pushes us to leave our emotions at home).
We get so busy with our lives, chasing deadlines that we forget to find a place of refuge, a place where we get in touch with our feelings and we release all the tension and pressure.
When life’s storms come, find refuge in a stronghold that won’t break down.
For some people, church is their refuge, music is to others, going on vacation is for others, drawing, sculpting, poetry, writing a speech, telling a story, helping others, comforting the broken-hearted, listening, photography, keep a journal, etc.
When a team losses, “it’s back to the drawing board.” When faced with challenges, it is important to have a drawing board to go back to and take stock.
My lesson is:
Not to structure my life in such a way that I have to run away from once in a while, but to make a life that appeals and fulfills my rational and spirit being daily, to strike a balance daily.
Stepping out of the busyness, stopping our endless pursuit of getting somewhere else, is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit.
My refuge is writing. I write what I like (rational) and I like what I write (spirit). Everyone has a refuge, it’s for us to find it and connect into it.
Ps: Zahara’s song I’m referring to is Ndize