The Aesthetic Experience – Echoes of your Soul – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis
The Aesthetic Experience
Echoes of your Soul
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
May 25, 2020
Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst
Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist
In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick an image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.
Since antiquity, our general attitude to art has always been empathetic, and for this reason we designate as beautiful only those things we can empathize with it. (Jung & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1976, p. 291)
There are moments when beauty focuses my mind. It grabs my attention and holds me captive to it. My eyes stare without blinking. My breath is silent. I am grounded in admiration without movement, except maybe my mouth dropping open. The world has disappeared except for the object of my attention.
The science of nature blends with individual expression in the art of a blossom. There are so many aspects to notice and admire. It is gracefully living its way; in the way it “knows”. In this time of the pandemic, I know I need beauty to fortify me. I take time everyday to notice beauty, whether outside on a walk, the images created in a poem, music or in the voice of a friend.
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