The Life we Live, is the Art we Make

How often have we thought that art is something created outside of ourselves and our daily life? I am finding art to be more, in-truth, much more than the time we actually devote in ‘doing’ art, as how I have been living is always clearly reflected in the work I have done throughout the years.

Recently I had a meeting with a client and a photographer I am working with for the first time. I woke up that morning feeling a little tired. It was awesome to just observe how I was feeling and not go into judgment immediately or wanting to fix myself up because of the meeting later on.

Not waking up in my full vitality is something I have always to take responsibility to feel into, but looking for a quick fix just to ensure I will be at my best for the meeting did not feel supportive either.

So I took some time to feel into myself before selecting what to wear. When I did that, what was honestly felt was beautiful: it felt far from the slight tiredness that my body was experiencing. So I decided to honor myself and to dress how I truly felt.

I took the time and care to be even more tender with myself while I got dressed. I selected a most beautiful floral dress, not because I felt it would complete me or distract myself or others from feeling my slight tiredness, but because that was how womanly and beautiful I was truly feeling: momentarily, this choice did feel a bit surprising.

“Really, this is what you will wear to a meeting?” Immediately, my body resounded with an absolute “Yes!” What it confirmed to me was a choice in saying no to presenting myself in any way less – tired or not tired, meeting or no meeting – how can every day not be the same amazing celebration when I am the same amazingness?

The dress was put on in the gentlest way, the straps delicately tied around the waist. When I sat down to do my makeup, instead of being in the usual routine, I tried something new – perhaps I was feeling a newness within myself? That definitely felt nurturing, and so it opened me to a fabulous experience. When I completed the outfit with a pair of super comfortable heels and a silk scarf around my neck to keep myself warm, what I felt was a gift of harmony. None of the clothing or makeup items were expensive, but they did not feel less, because I did not feel less.

As I walked down the street, the long dress flowed with my present and steady gait in the wind, and my two feet were firmly feeling the ground: by this time the walk complemented and re-confirmed entirely how I was feeling inside and out. Just by walking, heads were turning because I was walking with all of me!

Some people smiled at me, others began whispering, a few blank faces and even some unpleasant faces were witnessed, which were all great to observe and acknowledge, but nothing could stop me from walking me.

When I went to the meeting with all of me, there was no part of me that needed recognition for this job to work out. I just allowed myself openly to meet my clients – the purpose of the meeting was irrelevant. When there was no expectation, I simply enjoyed every moment of connection with them, and miracle upon miracle was presented. As openness and honesty was the foundation in how I have chosen to express with myself that morning, it was openness and honesty that guided our entire meeting. At one point in the meeting the photographer was near to a decision to not go forward with this job, as the customary pattern of art teams is working with people we already know or have worked with. But as there was no investment in the outcome for this job, there was no anxiety either.

I simply enjoyed hearing what everyone had to say, and equally expressed my part. I went a bit further than I usually would in my expressing, without stopping at what could be the conclusion of a ‘formal’ meeting, but went further as I felt there was more to say – from my heart.

We concluded the meeting with a complete turnaround. Not only were we to go forward as a team, it was a team that felt a connection, although we were working together for the first time. It was a team decision in saying; let us step up to something new together.

When the meeting was over, the photographer very graciously offered to snap a picture of me. As I looked at the picture, what came to me was – why would we ever hold back and hide our true self?

By not holding ourselves back in expressing, don’t we all become living, breathing, walking pieces of art? And everywhere we go, everything we touch, every job we do naturally brings in this quality. Through our choices to self-care and self-love, connection is our natural way. Naturally and in simplicity, the way to true art is fully open, fully welcoming and full of joy, committed to life and all about people. Isn’t the expression of this truth already art?… Which is our natural and magnificent way.

Inspired by each and every breath by The Way of The Livingness, Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

By Adele Leung, Image Director and Fashion Stylist, Hong Kong

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Connection to Self through Conscious Presence
Dress Codes in the Workplace – Dressing How I Feel
Learning About Feeling Confident in my Expression Through heART

1,009 thoughts on “The Life we Live, is the Art we Make

  1. A profound example of how to live inspirationally and to not let anything get in the way of expressing that down to the smallest detail. Truly gorgeous to read and a blessing for all who find themselves inspired by you embracing and claiming who you are.

  2. The only art that really matters is the art of living; the art of living in a way that it supports us to be who we truly are and thus, to become a pillar in the life of people.

    1. So true Eduardo, if we all choose to live in that way we offer a living example to others of its possibility. Sometimes the mud is so thick that we forget we can live in this way so reminders and reflections are very important.

  3. Not too long ago I would dress myself very beautifully but with an underlying intention to put on armour to face the world. My demeanour, my stunning dress and immaculately made up face sent the message – do not touch me, do not try and break down the porcelain glass wall of protection I still choose to carry.

    I was a walking piece of art but one that would harm.

    I still dress beautifully today. But now it feels very different because my heart is open to myself and to the world. And so I dress to celebrate the beauty I feel inside of me, in the knowing that it is this inner beauty that emanates through to the outer and that the clothes and make-up are simply the external confirmation of this.
    I am again a walking piece of art, with an elegant attention to detail that I love to play with every single day…. this time a walking piece of art that invites the other to open up and celebrate too.

    We are all walking pieces of art whether we choose this or not. Our underlying intentions, what we walk with, move with, and breathe with, are what determine whether we harm or whether we heal.

  4. ‘By not holding back in expressing don’t we all become living, breathing walking pieces of art?’ I love this. Reading this today is very timely, as yesterday I lived this at a family celebration. I felt and looked amazing, mingled with everyone, most of whom I’d never met before but felt open and thus was well received. Being natural, being our true selves and expressing from this open heartedness is a recipe for true success

  5. There is no doubt that true magic happens when we are just ourselves because then another can feel the inspiration of that and choose to drop anything that is hindering them from being themselves. It is a win-win situation for all.

  6. No investment = no anxiety is such a wonderful understanding to feel from the body out. Any day – no matter what is ‘on’ are simple as there is a flow in movement and all is attended to as required. One of the understandings I’m appreciating observing and allowing to unfold is that with out an investment things flow much smoother and what is true becomes very clear very quickly as long as I’m not holding onto any attachment to that ones that weren’t the truth.

  7. Choosing to make movements to self care and support ourselves in our daily lives brings a beautiful quality to our way of being and is an expression of love to be then shared by all. Living every moment from our full expression is not only a joy but a living art project unto itself.

  8. “By not holding ourselves back in expressing, don’t we all become living, breathing, walking pieces of art? And everywhere we go, everything we touch, every job we do naturally brings in this quality. Through our choices to self-care and self-love, connection is our natural way..” This is beautiful Adele. How we live we then express out to the world – our choice then to offer harm or healing.

  9. I very much enjoyed reading this. Could the true art be that which is on the inside shining out? Showing a living, breathing, walking reflection and of our soul.

    1. Sure it is for me leigh, that to me is the true meaning of the word art that may be restored in our society. To me we have bastardised the meaning of the word art and with that lost that natural connection with it from our heart but instead it has become something intellectualised from the mind.

  10. Adele you have beautifully described how our days unfold when walking in connection. There is such grace and flow, it reminds me of the saying ‘like water off a ducks back’. The water flows off us and nothing is absorbed, only joy is felt as the smooth flow of water touches us and is shared with all around us.

  11. I could imagine the delicateness you brought to all you were doing as I read your blog and when I got to the part about the photographer taking your picture I remembered I had read it before and wish you had put the picture in! I know it would have shown us a woman fully enjoying how she felt that day.

  12. It is what you define as art, but to me the art of life is to live in full that what I am and comes through me in all its beauty, delicateness and tenderness. So there is an activity but also a manifestation of art being presented in this way of expressing ourselves and with that we bring a whole new art, the art from heaven I would say, back in our earthly lives.

  13. I too have found the more attention I pay to how I dress and what I choose to wear the more I feel it is reflected in how I walk, talk and the relationships I have in the day.

  14. Wow Adele, that’s true power right there. Being all of you seems to be the most effortless way to be, yet we pretend it’s the hardest. Go figure!

  15. A check in every morning when I wake up is the best preparation for the day, along with the best recap of how I was before. The mind will keep feeding me the next thing and the next. Meanwhile the body is generous in its innate wisdom, always telling me what is going on inside me if I am willing to listen.

  16. ‘By not holding ourselves back in expressing, don’t we all become living, breathing, walking pieces of art?’ I had never thought of it this way but yes Adele it’s true, when we express ourselves in full we are all equally exquisite and masterpieces.

  17. Not being invested in outcomes really frees us up to be all that we are as we have nothing to lose. When we are invested we have already lost ourselves.

  18. When we hold back we miss out, and so does everyone else, on the uniqueness of what we bring. When we let go and allow ourselves to express what we can feel, it’s an opportunity for others to also be more of themselves, too.

  19. This is truly beautiful Adele. Recently I have been checking in with ‘me’ and asking what is it that I need to wear that will support me and every time the choice leaves me celebrating my amazingness. Such a simple and loving thing to do with amazing outcomes.

  20. The day in the life of one person choosing to live impulsed by their soul. What could our world look like if more of us lived the same way. Knowing innately the power we each bring when we don’t hold back our beauty, vivacity and love.

  21. I am reading this article tonight in appreciation of myself, who I am, what I bring to our world and the effect I have in it. What Adele shares here is that it is so very real and practical to appreciate ourselves.

  22. Its super cute to let the way we feel guide our choices – be that what to wear, what to eat, when to rest or what to say. And when I feel the love deep inside what comes out is super cute!

  23. The exquisiteness of how you chose what to wear, dressed yourself, applied your makeup and walked down the street could be deeply felt in your writing Adele… that is the kind of art I want to see.

  24. ‘By not holding ourselves back in expressing, don’t we all become living, breathing, walking pieces of art?’ We all express differently and the world truly needs to hear when we express from the heart, and when we hold back that expression we are not allowing others to know the truth that is there to be shared.

  25. Confirming how we feel about ourselves from the movements we then make supports us to connect and be open to who we are within and this is then the catalyst for more growth as our expression flourishes and that then is the masterpiece, because we are living and moving as one fiery expression of life and that is art.

  26. Your example confirms Adele that the art of living is about expressing our essence in every moment – and in every movement we make. It also confirms the power that is present in us as women when we connect to our stillness and sacredness. Power that is not a force, but an emanation of love that supports others to connect to same.

  27. It’s great how you took responsibility for how you were feeling not by trying to do a quick fix as you say but by bringing more diligence, more prescence to the way you got ready for the day and so giving yourself a strong foundation from which to build on….

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