The Art of Seeing

Meditation with a Masterpiece: finding stillness & sanctity through vision

 

Thursday 29th February 2024

 7-8pm UK time via Zoom

£10 

…but the imagination is unable to exist outside of the sensus communis,

unless it passes to the memory where it terminates and dies

if the thing imagined is not of great excellence.”

Leonardo da Vinci

 This session will be recorded.

Works of art from the past were created with specific intentions of awakening different faculties and ways of seeing and knowing in the viewer. Not every work of art moves us, and neither should it, but some do, and in differing ways. Some awaken our intellectual curiosity, others move us to tears, others to pure joy, others make us speechless while we stand in the awe of their presence. We don’t often take time to just be with an image, to allow it to guide us into deeper contemplation, relaxing the analytical mind, and be reminded of the places and spaces in our body, and in our imagination, which nourish us from within. Sacred images were created to move us into empathetic, compassionate and devotional resonance, they presented an outer vision which could be taken in and stored in the memory, imagination and heart of the viewer, to be a guide, and source of spiritual sustenance. 

In this month’s Art of Seeing session, we will move into a meditative visualisation with a very beautiful sacred image. Today, we live at an unprecedented pace of life, noise levels have reached new heights, our vision is bombarded by ‘things’ to look at in every place possible, and the images that are created to grab our attention, are often soulless and degraded.  Through meditative visualisation with a masterpiece of art, we are not only brought back to the awe of what humans are capable of producing, but our vision / imagination may be replenished by something exquisite. Through an image of quiet, sanctity and vivid articulation, similar regions may be discovered in our mind, body and imagination. Great works of art do not take us away from the world, rather, they remind us of what really matters because they show us true humanity and what we might be capable of: love, compassion, beauty, resilience, discernment…and warnings that might challenge these values. In this session, we will be gently guided by the words of Leonardo da Vinci. 

These sessions take a threefold approach of theory, practice and reflection with just one work of art.  The work of art will not be revealed until the session, but do please bring open open eyes, ears and a pen and paper! Or, if you prefer to just listen and look, you can do that too.  These sessions are open to everyone whether you are a seasoned art lover or not. 

These sessions are £10 per person. Email me directly to book at info@maryattwood.com if you are not a fan of PayPal, or you can use the PayPal button below.