Reveries #5: You have fallen into an impressionist painting

Dear readers,

Here is another meditative reverie. The point behind these reverie posts is to give the readers a little bit of an interlude. To read something mellow and relaxing about nature. For those of you who are new to this blog- the reverie posts are like a playlist or an image to get lost into.

For this reverie post, I have chosen the idea- “what if you fell into an impressionist painting?”

I was listening to Clair de lune by Debussy yesterday while looking at Claude Monet’s paintings and it gave me this idea. I know that it is a bit obscure. But as I was looking at his paintings I just thought to myself “what if I could just fall into these paintings?”

(BTW, if there is a painting that you find mesmerizing please leave it in the comments. I would love to check it out.)

I hope you enjoy it.

As always think of yourself as the ‘I’ in the story.

And although you don’t have to, still, I will suggest, that you play Clair de lune when you read this.

Reveries #5: You have fallen into an impressionist painting

There is a wispy haze where the clouds meet the foam in the water, everything is placed strategically from the ripples to the leaves. Everything is pristine like those Waterlillies. They bloom as the reflection of the lavender sky falls on the water. There are so many colours but they are all also one. Everything is falling in place and blending together.

Time stands still and so do I. I have fallen into this world and now I am in it. In the depth of a tranquil picturesque paradise.

I walk around this little pond to see my reflection look back at me with eyes so deep.

I am lost in this paradisiacal serenity.

There is nothing here and absolutely everything. The birds sing some couplets of essential melodies that only nature can write. The wind flows but only gently. The wind is strong enough to tousle my hair but gentle so the waterlilies remain untouched.

The sky is soft, there is no indication of rain, If it rains it only rains in colour. The trees stand tall, but their branches lean in and gently touch the water.

Every now and then I can hear the soft babbling of a distant brook, while my pond stays silent, just blooming waterlilies. Time stands still but nature is moving in this image. Day turns to night and the waterlilies are now a creamy white, colour, they are lit up by the glow of the moon. The moon lights up this serene image and I don’t know how much time has passed in my world outside this dreamscape.

But I find myself protected and serene in this whimsical scenery. Just like this, I want to fall asleep and wake up tomorrow to see the golden sunrise casting its spotlight on those waterlilies.

I guess I don’t remember when I fell asleep and when I came to, but I have woken up in the real world with petals beside me.

The world will carry on but that beautiful reverie will stay suspended. In case I fall into it again no beautiful detail will have changed.

-Anshudha Garimella

Features Image- Water lilies by Claude Monet painting

The Autumn Leaf

(Poem- by Anshudha Garimella)

When the leaves are bleeding their emerald hues

lovers of summer feel the blues

We see the leaves lose their colours

but they don’t lose their emeralds in a second.

Just to prolong our pain

the green starts fading slowly

so we can see our summer fade and feel the air get cooler every day

this is a blissful moment for all those who wait to feel the cold

all those lovers of winter who only come alive when the sun becomes pale

I guess they crave to feel that heat when the snow reddens their fingers

But us, the lovers of summer we turn pale and our heat turns cold

In the end it is all about perspective

some of us see the death of summer in the autumn leaf

some of us see a new beginning

and should you see death in autumn today

I hope it is only the death of your past pain.

Because this is a new beginning

An autumn leaf carries a big decision

one you should make tonight

what should you keep and what should you throw?

which dead leaf represents your folly, heartbreak, chagrin?

watch that leaf die and fall on the pile of all the other things you were meaning to forget

so we can rake the leaves of our past to declutter

and make some space for the new

………………

-AG

Things to enjoy about autumn right this minute

There are things about autumn that last for just a minute. They drift away quicker than autumn leaves.

With every autumnal minute the sun gets paler, the temperature cooler and the winds rougher.

Soon autumn will lose its colour and all we will have is the grey winter. But as long as autumn lasts, there are so many truly delightful things that shouldn’t be missed.

  • Warm Sun- After feeling the hot summer sun, it is natural to long for cooler temperature, but with winter we will miss the sun altogether. This in between right here is bliss, it’s warm but not hot, bright but not blinding, it adds a shine to autumn leaves, everything looks golden and orange, a truly beautiful scene.
  • Autumn Colours- you may find these in the street, in your lattes, in autumnal harvest, candies, baked delicacies, wherever you find colours just grab them.
  • Embrace the change- The past year has been a trying time for everyone, in every dead leaf see 2020. It will make you feel a sense of relief.
  • Enjoy the change in tastes- Things get warmer, the menu changes based on the harvest. Taste the flavours of autumn in cinnamon, pumpkin, spices.
  • Enjoy Autumn Playlists- When you don’t know how to feel, turn to music, play an autumnal playlist online and feel your mood change. You will start to listen to anthems of autumn and with them truly embrace this in between.
  • Journal- write about what you have learned so far. Which habits will you keep, which ones will you leave behind?

Enjoy every season, there is beauty in every moment.

I hope you are having a good autumn. Happy Autumn!

-Anshudha

Reveries #4: Those Autumn Leaves

This following reverie is about the autumn aesthetic. Imagine yourself as the ‘I’ in the story.

Autumn leaves hang loosely from the branches, suspended in their glory one last time, they are barely hanging on. Some leaves fall before some others and some still haven’t changed their colour.

Autumn leaves that fall and take away the past, summer’s gentle kisses. And when they fall, they fall with grace, they take a bow and gently drop to the ground.

I watch this movement and think about the past. If I am the tree then I too can shed my past this easily.

It is that time of autumn where everything is still bright, all the leaves are not orange but we can see the emerald leaves bleeding their colour so tangerine orange can take its place.

I walk down a narrow path, trees line the twists and turns of the road, the autumn sun is blazing and pouring down golden sunshine. but there is no heat only warmth.

I walk down this path and then I find a small bridge just above still water. Autumn leaves have found a spot to lay still on this bridge, I step on them to step on the past and with it to listen to the crunching sound beneath my feet.

I lean on the bridge to see the water, the water is gentle, soft and quiet, every now and then the water murmurs a little bit.

On the surface of this water, there are millions of autumnal reflections, impressions of a season.

Birds come and go, but their incessant music does not fade, There is stillness in this scenery and yet so much change. And to think that we believe that things don’t change, but they do and they do so with grace in autumn. There is a sweetness in the air, it smells like cinnamon and tastes like marmalade. Change can be sweet.

This is the time where everything is becoming monochromatic, soon all of these leaves will be orange and blend in with autumnal sunsets. It will be a burst of colour entering our dull eyes. Things can be so divine even if for just a little while.

I can only hope that this eternal beauty shall not fade from my mind.

As the wee hours of the afternoon pass, the sun starts to fade and those birds stop singing too, now it is time for the crickets to sing, I spend the twilight making my way back. I will keep with me the colour of the autumn leaves. The colour of change.

-anshudha

Colours of Autumn

Learn from the autumnal colours, let go of your past and breathe in autumnal colours.

Green

Breathe in the soft green foliage, the remnants of summer memories. Green is the colour of freshness, nature, growth and calmness. Breathe in these words. It does not matter that the green is about to go away now, it will only go away from the physical world but it will still be with you. Keep the vitality of summer and green serenity.

Yellow

Breathe in the yellow vibration of the autumn sunshine, breathe in the golden reflection of the sunshine mixed with the yellow leaves. Yellow is the colour of sunshine, happiness and warmth. Keep sunshine in your heart no matter where you are.

Orange

The inebriating colour of autumn. Orange represents passion, creativity, warmth, enthusiasm and determination. Keep orange as a reminder that you have to stay on the path of self-improvement, throw yourself into change with a creative passion, get excited about who you could be and stay determined to be that person each day.

Purple/Red

Among many things, purple represents power, and ambition, while, red is the ultimate colour of passion, love, desire, romance, courage, vigour, willpower. Blend these symbols and colours together and watch who you can become breathe in the purple/red foliage.

Brown

This is the last colour of autumn and while this is the colour that brings dead leaves and with it a melancholy. Brown is an earthly colour that represents being grounded.

It brings with it the feelings of earthly security, safety, dependability and certainty.

At autumn’s end you will be left with dead leaves, so make sure those dead leaves represent bad habits, past, pain and sadness. And get excited about saying goodbye to these sad things. Beyond these dead leaves is a person who you can be.

Leave these things.

God speed Good luck.

-Anshudha Garimella

Things we can learn from Autumn

Welcome the month where everything is colourful and warm, at the same time the month where the past dies.

To lovers of summer, autumn can be a bit of a bitter moment, but autumnal death can be very empowering depending on how you look at it.

If you choose to kill the things that no longer serve you then autumn is an ally, but if you choose to kill bliss then you will not be truly able to profit from autumn.

Things to learn from Autumn:

  • Change is good. Change is necessary. Ask yourself this “are you the same person you were last year?” If you are and haven’t really improved. Then get on it. Because there is always room to improve. Change can be scary but still rewarding.
  • Take up a new habit. a lifestyle change, a new hobby, basically everything you wanted to do in the past but always talk yourself out of.

  • Autumn trees shed their leaves so easily and effortlessly each year, unafraid to lose their flowers because nature is sure of itself, nature is certain that it will get its flowers back. But we hold on to the past too scared to let it go, too scared to cut the cord because we are not sure of our lives, of our selves. And poetically this is why seasons exist to show us how to behave , who to be, and who we can become. More than anythig autumn teaches us that is is okay to release the past. It is okay to kill the feelings and habits that do not serve us anymore.
  • Autumn to a pessimist is the ground where flowers prepare to die, but to an optimist autumn is a second chance, a chance to reinvent. A place where we can shed our leaves, watch them blow away and be born again.
  • Think of Autumn as the first step, let go of the things that only hurt you and hinder your progress. Lose them, then spend winter building new habits and watch yourself bloom in spring and be your beautiful self in summer but today- Autumn is day one.
  • Learn from autumn the true meaning and brilliance of colour. Do you ever find yourself holding on to something even more because you feel you are about to lose it. This is what autumn does, it brings out the best of the colours and their shades so we can enjoy them one last time each year.

Autumn has much to teach us, so listen!

(let me know in the comments if autumn has taught you anything truly remarkable. I’d love to know)

I’ll even start autumn taught me to forget about comfort zones. And to only look ahead.

Happy Autumn

-anshudha

Welcome Autumn

For me, Autumn has always been a bittersweet transition. Because I always saw autumn as a page not a chapter. To me, it was just a moment between summer and winter. Autumn for me was a very real reality that my beloved summer was leaving me now.

But the more you think about the beauty of seasons you find that seasons are not pages but chapters.

There is so much beauty in every season.

Autumn is a vibrant haven for lovers of summer to soak in the sun one last time and experience colours before it all turns grey. It is an exciting phase for lovers of winter who can feel the summer getting cool, the wind getting cold and the sun getting paler.

I guess, it depends on which way you look at it but autumn is unique. A ground where the flowers and leaves slowly die but the Earth never looks more colourful. It truly is a celebration of life.

The more I think about Autumn, the more the colour orange inebriates me.

Stay tuned for more posts about autumnal bliss coming your way.

-Anshudha

Lilac

-anshudha garimella

Lilac drips down the sky

Around the clouds, it entwines

Enveloping the atmosphere

You can find the dreamers there

Their hopes and their songs

Interlace with the pastel colours of their dreams

Lilac falls from the sky

To soothe the ones with weary eyes

It’s been a lonely night

Seeing things in black and white

A burst of colour is an electric shock to the eyes

But that’s what we dreamt of through the night

We were hoping to wake up in a field of lilacs

A paradisiacal reverie we made with our weary eyes

But we woke up under a lilac sky

more heavenly than our imaginations

Tired of seeing things in black and white

We slept in the abyss

But we dreamt of lilacs

The children of spring

That burst out of the divine ground

We have often seen grey skies

And black skyscapes even on velvet nights

But when the heavenly raindrops fell from the sky we painted them lilac with our eyes

Like watercolours would drip and spill down a white canvas

Our sky is our canvas

Our hopes and our poems splattered violets and lilacs all over the skies

And then those lilac drops blended with the white cotton clouds

Giving the impression of a soft mauve pillow

That we lay our tired heads upon

Lilac drips from the sky around our hands it entwines

Around our heads, we wear flower crowns

damp from the lilac rain

We are the children of spring

We no longer live in the shadows.

Use photography to be more creative, better and happy.

Photography is an incredible art form. But, sometimes I feel that we do it for Instagram and other social media sites. While, there is nothing wrong with that, the beauty of photography gets blurry when we become preoccupied with social media.

To us, today, photography is simple, we’ve all got a camera in our pockets fashioned into smart phones.

Because it is so easy to take a picture, we click and capture moments that may not mean that much to us. At least not always. But we do because we can. A few decades ago it took time to get pictures right, you had to have a steady hand and great skills and not to forget that the images needed to be developed, they had camera rolls didn’t they. I don’t remember much about it because I’m only familiar with the digital, but I remember seeing a vintage camera and how aesthetic it looked, and how many memories it carried like a kaleidoscope.

But you had to wait to enjoy them, you had to get them developed and enjoy the pictures that came out good and frown and get disappointed about the pictures that didn’t.

Because you couldn’t go back in time and have a retake. We can do that so easily now. Click! Delete! Click! Delete! and finally an Instagram moment.

And while that is amazing that we have this privilege today that I do not know what I would do without. Sometimes I find myself missing a golden sunset because I’m so preoccupied with the right filter and the right effect, only to delete it to take it again.

I can’t tell you how many beautiful sunsets and sunrises I haven’t truly savored because I was changing filters. Sound familiar?

There will be more sunsets sure! But never the one we missed, never again.

Photography is incredible and carries a great potential to make us better and more creative. Ask yourself- when was the last time you took a picture solely to remember something special? And how many times did you take pictures this week for Instagram?

There’s nothing wrong with taking pictures for social media. But try and experiment with a new approach (rather in this case an old approach).

  1. Take a picture of yourself when you’re in a good mood. Remember it and keep it safe for a gloomy day. Take pictures of yourself when you are truly happy so you don’t forget beauty and happiness.
  2. Enjoy the sunset you take a picture of and learn when to stop. Because no picture replaces the real feeling of seeing it with your own eyes. The picture you take is just a reminder of a beautiful view. So, don’t miss the beautiful view.
  3. Take random pictures of nature, even if it is just a flower you have seen a million times. I can’t tell you how many times I have come across an old picture of sunshine or a rose and that it made me feel better and transported me to some beautiful land of memory, even if I’m not in the picture, even if I don’t remember taking it.
  4. Photography like anything visual is a source of great inspiration, because it helps us to relive memories, visualize the future, save beautiful pictures online to help you meditate and visualize and imagine. Use photography to heal yourself. Surround yourself with images of beauty- be it a person, a sunset, a candid.
  5. Use photography to live in the moment. If there is an incredible moment that you’d like to live in take it in first then click a picture (it doesn’t have to be a good picture).It is just a memory that you would like to keep. Remember every image is not taken for Instagram. You have a life greater than social media (something I’m still learning, but at least I remind myself).
  6. Take mental images. No image can replace a deep emotional connect. An image is a totem representing a bigger picture, a longer story. In the process of creating ‘content’ for your feed, try not to forget the longer story and the bigger picture.
  7. Photograph your progress. Loved ones, travel destinations, goals accomplished, things worth remembering that add value to your life.
  8. Take pictures of things that bring you joy, not just things that are aesthetically pleasing. But photograph things that bring you joy, so you don’t lose sight of them and so you have something to remind you that there is beauty and happiness in the world.