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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1,121 thoughts on “The Life we Live, is the Art we Make

  1. It’s been considered normal to feel off and want to change it, for myself at least, that it simply hasn’t been questioned until recently. Letting myself feel something unpleasant and then feel how to carry on with the lightness of my essence is certainly still a work in progress. However, I no longer have to accept that I have to focus on feeling rubbish, I do have a choice.

  2. It feels absolutely heavenly when we feel just so connected and know what we are connected to, what and how that gets manifested out becomes irrelevant, as we know its quality and its manifestation is only a confirmation, and an invitation to expansion.

  3. This is a perfect example of how an in-breath comes before the out-breath. That rhythmic pulse that holds us in and flows through us. The more we surrender to that, the more is given back through us, naturally, by default. And that is a beautiful design in itself. The out-breath is because of the in-breath, and its quality is equally determined so. And then the next breath is taken in, and then out. This totally makes sense of how we can live with God in this human body. That is Co-creating with God.

  4. If I’m feeling ‘off’ I find a walk is the best medicine, even just taking a break from the computer to go on a short walk to bring me back to my self is so refreshing.

  5. What a great inspiration you are Adele, as being present in what ever we do will always have us connecting and this is a reflection that will hold others as you have so Lovingly shared.

  6. How I am feeling when I am getting dressed is what sets the flavour and tone for the day. What I mean by this is that if I am feeling spunky and wonderful, it is like I cannot wait to share that with the world, and so I dress in a way that does show this – not necessarily choosing spunky clothes as such (for everyone this will mean something different) but there is something in the way that I get dressed, the quality in which I put things on that stays with me through the day. And so it is not so much about the style or the clothes I wear but more about the how I wear them in terms of how I carry that second skin on my body – do I carry it in a way to hide myself or do I carry it in a way to show myself?

    1. And of course there are those days when I am not feeling so great and want to wear things that will keep things a little toned down, not wanting attention, or feeling super vulnerable and so I feel like I need to have some protection or I need to hide a little. And that is OK too – for we have to have an honesty about those days and not learn to play a role or put up a facade. But these days are just as important to feel and explore for then in the exploration, we can learn and then let go of the hurts, and allow our natural sensitivity to be honoured and then it is easier to come out in the spunk again.

  7. I find the concept of waking up not feeling quite right and choosing not to change that feeling but to go with it quite freeing. It let’s go of the picture we feel we should present to the world and I can see that this surrendering offers others a reflection of the strength that comes from not trying to be anything other than who you are.

    1. I agree Lucy, it is more self honouring to acknowledge how we feel on a given day than pretend ‘all is well’ when it isn’t. And ‘this surrendering offers others a reflection of the strength that comes from not trying to be anything other than who you are’.

      1. So true and I find the tension eases because it has been acknowledged. If we can be humble enough to know we are a student of life, then we stop feeling the pressure of having all the answers and observe more.

  8. Where do these crushing thoughts come from like the one you had Adele
    “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?”
    That crushing thought would if it had been listened to had you moving in a way that would not have allowed you to feel your amazingness and so no one gets to feel and see what a truly beautiful reflection you give to the world. So again I say what’s really going on when we have such negative thoughts?

  9. This is so beautiful Adele
    “By not holding ourselves back in expressing, don’t we all become living, breathing, walking pieces of art?”
    And this is the magic that is God and instead of reflecting the magic of God we have allowed life to become dull, mundane and boring, so no wonder we need stimulants to get us through the day.

  10. I have discovered that looking great does not mean you have to spend loads of money or buy the latest fashions or designer clothes( although good quality well made clothes are definitely one of my favourite things). If we dress in a way that truly complements and confirms who we are and how we are feeling that day then this literally beams beauty out to the world.

  11. “When there was no expectation, I simply enjoyed every moment of connection with them, and miracle upon miracle was presented.”
    When we are in this kind of flow we are walking to the pulse of the universe,

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