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

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

987 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.

  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.

  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.

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