In a city like Rotterdam that counts more or less 624k residents, that has tram rails that cross the town and a lot of traffic, it is not easy to find peace and calm. Nevertheless, there is a beautiful place where you can walk and where you won’t be disturbed by klaxons or crowd. That place is the “Museum park”, it is a green oasis between the majors museums of the town. We went there for a walk on a fresh Monday morning of February and it was so calm that we could hear birds singing and ducks taking a plunge in the muddle. The more we walked the more we felt relaxed and the more we paid attention to our surroundings. It takes some time to let go of stress, busy mind and to plunge into the moment. But when it happens and you really take a look, you can find beauty everywhere . The blue-grey legs of the moorhens, the different patterns on barks, the tiny little flowers that announce well-desired spring. Beauty is there, the time of your walk, let your eyes wander and be captured by what they see. Dive in your reality and find beauty, it will heal your mind.
Sleep, walk, rest. Three words that you might have heard many times since you are in a burn-out. Today we take you on a short journey in the Dutch county Brabant. We went to ‘s Hertogenbosch early on a fresh morning of January. We had a walk along the periphery of the old center. Behind us, the bruising city, roads with all kind of vehicles, the typical morning agitation when people go to school, to work, to adventures.
We turned our back and instead focused on the nature in front of us. The warm light of the sun, the joy of a blue sky, the wind in the water, the magnificent old tree that stands no matter what.
Some may see a burn-out as a horrible thing that crashes their path, others see it as an opportunity to connect again with what is essentials and that we tend to forget. Feel the fresh air, enjoy the sun, be in the moment. Wherever you are, find your own special nature path and once, twice, three times a week, go out for a walk and refill yourself along the way.
Someone said once that the only way to get out of a burn-out is Art. In Art there is no right or wrong, no good, best or better. It is. When we look at a painting or a sculpture, we are touched, or not, we dive in it or not. If we let go our ability to analyse what we are seeing and just let us be surrounded by what our senses feel, we enter in an other dimension. Like Thomas Merton stated, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
The least we can say about this photographs is that they do not express joy or happiness but still, just watching them and diving into Walker’s imagination is an ecstatic experience.
So, check the cultural agenda of your city, take an hour or two and go visit an exhibition. It can be in a museum, a gallery, a theater, just keep in mind to avoid busy hours (like Saturday afternoon) and after your visit, you will feel regenerate and positive.
For this second issue of our magazine, we are incredibly honoured and grateful to feature the work of Israel based nature photographer Ariel. We do believe that nature has the extraordinary power to heal and to make us feel grounded again. If you live in a city and you can’t travel, here some outstanding landscape photographs. May they give you peace and inner joy. Cherry on the cake, here some words from Ariel to our beloved readers.
“Hi all, With not so many words, here is a selction of images from Israel, my place of birth and home, and from other places around the world. This is my way to escape, those are my views to take between the daily routine. Thank you Carole and thank you all.”
You can see more of Ariel’s work on his Instagram account where he also posts beautiful floral photographs. Enjoy and show Ariel some love!