Thursday, March 26, 2009

Clarity Through Contrast

Over the last few years I have learned to embrace contrast. The concept took my some time to fully understand. One way that we gain clarity in what we want from life is to experience what we don't want. Contrast gives us the gift of clarity.

I notice when I am feeling contrast and through doing so, the contrast turns to clarity and then to *desire*. I have learned to use this tool in my everyday life which turns experiences that others would view as "negative" into opportunites for Gratitude.

I was talking with Devin, Tiff and Ivy today about contrast. We were talking about being grateful for contrasting feelings, contrasting experiences and contrasting emotions.

One way in which I decided to explain the concept to the kids was to share about contrasting colors. We spent a few hours exploring what contrasting colors were through art. Ivy, Tiff and Devin created their own projects where they experienced contrast, hands on, which tied perfectly into what we had been talking about.

I shared with the kids that being able to appreciate their health when they are sick is one way to experience contrast and truly feel gratitude for their healthy minds and bodies. Without contrast how would we ever appreciate anything in life?

Here is Ivy sharing the pictures that she created, with Contrast as the focus of her artwork.


SE'LAH... said...

Checking out your blog for the first time today. Very cool.

Love your freedom of spirit. Great way to foster it in our children.

One Love, Se'Lah

Such Lovely Freckles said...

I love this. I believe I will do this with my children as well.

Wendy Mewhort said...

Beautiful. It is a gift to embrace the truth of wisdom... experiencing the 'dark' creates our desire to live in the 'light'... yes... this is why, isn't it -- it is so important to allow others to experience their own paths. Soul growth must be an internal desire... and everybody experiences it in their own unique way... not up to us, is it, to say what kind of contrast that they 'need' in order to achieve their own personal clarity :-) There's so much beauty in our differences...
Love and blessings,

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