(Participating in 7 Days of Rest and Reflection as a Heartist!)
DAY 6: BIODIVERSITY
Truth is I struggle with these words.
Lost in semantics. Data and Definitions. All a matter of perspective.
Paradoxes. Tricky words. Huge nouns. Rooted in a scientific language that is somewhat foreign to me.
(I was up until 3 am last night, word-wrangling my sense into my offering of Climate! Not so much about Rest and Reflection for me, become more about deep immersion and translation of the experience!)
As a visual artist I find it is nigh impossible to hold it all in a single image. Aspects of it yes, but there is always stark omission.
To hold it ALL is difficult at the best of times!
How can we hold all that holds all of us?
Attempting to hold the ‘whole’ is perhaps a skill that we can practise.
Practise taking the wider view…..in order to become better at it.
I can sense being part of ‘the whole’ in meditation, but feel unable to translate that into one clear visual communication.
During our Sunday, lazy, brunch, as a family, a debate arose regarding the definition of ‘biodiversity’.
My older son maintains that our duty to protect and encourage increased biodiversity is not inherent in the word itself. I see the word as having evolved exactly due to the need to articulate this this new understanding, and in order to do precisely that!
He does agree, however, that we should…..which is a word I dislike intensely.
Just BE it. BE part of it. We are all in this together. RESPECT LIFE.
Divine Timing occurred in a message concerning the identification of the mystery bird from DAY 2: WATER…it is a black guillemot in winter plumage! Auks!
A Northern bird. Sadly it is very susceptible to oil pollution as its only natural method of escape is to dive, (its wings are short and stubby) where it only becomes more severely affected. It’s migrations are also being constrained due to climate change. Areas are becoming too warm for them, keeping them further north.
So many types of auk, one tiny corner of this awe inspiring, diverse, life.
Always so much more to discover and learn.
I love to learn through natural encounter more, and more, about various species and life forms here.
Many with their own stories and meaning to share.
I too have a tendency to dive deep and become more deeply affected.
The cover of this precious family ‘bible’ seems to say more about biodiversity than I could draw in a day….its pages full of wonders…’the ultimate visual guide to everything on Earth’….feel sure I would find omissions too there though if I were to properly look! Quite a title!
When I think of it I experience sheer JOY in variety and form. Diversity is colour. The entire spectrum is contained within.
Vive la difference!
Listening now to Cerys Matthew’s BBC Radio 6 show and loving the world music collection she does so well. The whole globe is in the room.
I enjoyed a share about bees. perhaps they are one the ultimate supporters of Biodiversity….but that is such a micro view….I can start with the bees, those wonderful pollinators, but then the whole ‘give and take’ dynamic becomes so big and complex, so quickly, I can no longer hold it.
This is why scientists specialise, collect the data and pool resources.
LAYERS and LAYERS.
All in motion and interdependence.
In my mind it all blurs to brown.
The colour of mud.
Multidimensionality is another favourite theme of mine. These complex, Gaia, systems are the root illustration of how to achieve that for me.
All in the flows and awareness of patterns.
At Solstice time, last year, I was feeling into this amazing form.
An abandoned wasp nest.
In many ways this fascinating wasp spit and wood pulp form echoes the kind of shapes that float in my mind when I think of biodiversity. Structured layers, defined boundaries and limitations, (not identical wasp larvae, as here), building and building upon each other, each independent, unique, yet totally reliant on the other, all working together as a whole.
As soul creatrix I find I am often called to dream and play with the birthing of new stories, new creatures, new species, new myths…. in the world of the human imagination….this nurtures and supports belief in Creation itself.
This ‘Wasp Egg’ hand held sculpture, made from a blown out goose egg carefully covered in wasp nest paper, grew from those experiments in December last year. It is a playful, whimsical, thought.
What could birth from such an egg!!?
The only real way, as I see it, to illustrate Biodiversity, in its entirety, would be an image Earth from Space. Our ‘space ship’.
I took part in Shelley Ostroff’s Biodiversity Meditation for the day.
I could feel ‘biodiversity’, or LIFE, LOVING ME. Feeling essential. Elemental. Life inspired on all imaginable levels.
Fractals are a wonderful way of visualising this constant creation!
I experienced a tiny, tiny seed on my finger tip growing and growing until I had it in my palms, it then kept growing until it absorbed me, growing out and out, bigger and bigger…..then jumping to see that unimaginably huge seed floating in infinite space. Amma. The Dogon Source of all Creation. A tiny seed. The ultimate tardis. So much bigger on the inside.
I need to believe we can evolve into a Restorer Species for if we do not, if the majority continue to choose inaction and Death over action for Life, we are, truly, doomed.
‘Biodiversity’ is all LIFE and potential for it.
Deep bow to LIFE and all LIVING THINGS.