Exhibitions

Playing With Time by Alice Highet and Dr Beth Bromley and Scaling The Heights by Stephen Livingstone

Two for the price of one at the Oriental Museum in Durham!

Playing With Time used just three simple exhibits to get visitors thinking about the nature and physics of time. A highly magnified photograph of household dust (a prime example of entropy) was turned into a kaleidoscope to encourage people to think of the present moment as an ever changing snapshot of multiple elements.

Scaling The Heights was a hilarious photographic/book/installation using action men figures to recreate famous mountain climbs. Their mountains were the books and bookshelves in notable mountaineering libraries.

My challenge is to weave that into this week’s yoga classes!

Exhibitions

Fragmented Line by Andrea Roberts, Newcastle Arts Centre

Using line drawings of trees, textiles and ordnance survey maps Roberts makes links between the fractal patterns of trees and branches, the paths and contours of maps and the bronchioles and arteries of the human body.

“Trees are a metaphor for the human body.”

Useful imagery for deepening awareness of the respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems in yoga postures. The breath comes into the bronchial tree and spreads out through the bloodstream. We can follow the network of vessels in our mind and locate any part of our body on this fine and delicate map.

Books

Yoga Practice and Wisdom by BKS Iyengar

Iyengar encourage his students to unify body and mind by thinking not only about the front, back and sides of the body, but the front, back, sides of a leg, an arm, a toe, a bone, a cell. When in a yoga pose, think about the skin, the length and breadth of an eyelid. It changes your practice.

Forgiveness

Fertig writes:

‘The act of forgiving must be made over and over again.”

But no advice was given how to actually grant forgiveness on a practical level. Perhaps this is because it is so personal and we each need to find our own way.

Two possible suggestions: Singing (a relevant song). Reading (a relevant book).

Exhibitions

Went to the Forgiveness exhibition by Carrie Fertig at the National Glass Centre yesterday. It took as its starting point the four steps of forgiveness listed by Desmond Tutu:

  1. Tell the story
  2. Name the hurt
  3. Grant forgiveness
  4. Renew or release the relationship

Glass was a great medium to use for the subject of forgiveness, it has reflective properties, can be heavy to carry, or fragile and capable of shattering into a million tiny pieces.

A common thread was how hard it is to forgive oneself.

Laughter

Yesterday’s monthly laughter session had a Halloween and Bonfire night flavour. The Bollywood inspired laughter firework was a keeper!!