Thursday, December 3, 2015

Grief and Enchanted moments

Grief and Enchanted moments?  Has Suzy lost the plot completely? Please bear with me as I tell you my story.

Recently I've been trying my hand at watercolour painting. In fact I just started painting last weekend. On Monday evening I was reviewing the hundreds of tutorials when I came across a painting that I absolutely loved and marked it as one I would paint in the next few days.

Yesterday morning I opened up my email and got the tragic news of the sudden passing of my school classmate on Sunday 29th November. Such a shock to all of us. I took out my paints and I knew I had to paint that picture though I had no idea why.  I just had to paint Mt Fuji and the cherry blossoms.

my painting

And soon after I painted, these words of a song came to mind:

Chotto matte kudasai (please wait a moment)
Please excuse me while I cry
Seems sayonara means goodbye
But no one ever told me why

Sakura (cherry blossoms) was in the Spring
When our hearts found songs to sing
But Sakura has gone away
And so has our friend so they say

Chotto matte kudasai 
Please excuse me while I cry
Seems sayonara means goodbye
But no one ever told me why

I kept wondering why of the hundreds of tutorials I picked this one and why I was so certain I had to paint this. So later in the day I looked up the significance of Mt Fuji and Cherry Blossoms and this is what I found:
  • Mt Fuji - is considered a holy mountain in Japan. A text of the 10th century, Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, says that the name came from "immortal" 
  • Cherry Blossoms - In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life
Information source: Wikipedia

The Universe continues to enchant me. I am certain it prompted me to paint this picture that depicts the immortality of the soul and the transient nature of life. A gentle reminder that though all things must pass, we never truly die for death is merely the moment we return to our true home and immortal nature.

This painting brought me joy and it pacified my saddened heart. I felt as if through it I somehow touched the other side and reached out to my friend. I have dedicated my painting to him. He was much loved by us all and will be greatly missed.

Jaksa's blossoms faded away on Earth, but perhaps in the land of peace and love, the cherry blossoms are blooming again and will continue to bloom.

Be at peace my friend. xoxo




Written for:
Wordy Wednesday at Blog-A-Rhythm prompt Enchanted (provided by me)
#MondayMusings at the Write Tribe
#GivingTuesday at the Write Tribe - this Tuesday I gave a heartfelt tribute and a part of my soul to a friend who left us for his heavenly home.

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21 comments:

  1. That is so beautiful and soothing, Suzy. Your poems and posts always leaving me feeling calm and hopeful that there is more than just this mortal life we're in. So sorry to hear about your friend dying. Very hard to handle when a friend dies. Love your painting and how you chose that tutorial. Yes, I do believe the universe was reaching out to you and enchanting you to paint it in memory of your friend. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Cathy. So sorry about your mother. May she be at peace and may you always feel her love xoxo

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  2. So sorry to hear about your loss. Peace be with the departed. Your words sens peace and love too. Beautifully written.

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    1. Thanks Sunaina. Glad you felt peace and love in my words.

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  3. So sorry to hear about your loss, Suzy. May his soul rest in peace.

    I loved the way your painting depicts an inner meaning on so many levels and it's metaphorical comparison just stands true. As you rightly said, death is just an interim for the soul to return to it's ultimate abode. The memories that we have with the person matter more. Truly enchanting!

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    1. Thanks Eloquent Mind. Thank goodness for memories.

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  4. Hugs Suzy. I can imagine your pain. Sometimes art can be a healing activity. I love the way you have tried to decode the mystery your painting. Yes, some of these do bring us subconscious messages.

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    1. Thanks Vinodini. Art is truly therapeutic.

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  5. Hugs Suzy! I am glad you were able to pacify your grief with the painting.

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  6. Painting has come out so nice Suzy.. and yes one never knows when universe hands out a crying shoulder to us. Healing us in its mysterious ways..

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    1. Thanks Richa. The Universe never ceases to amaze me. I'm learning to understand its language.

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  7. The painting has come out beautifully. And life is so mysterious, isn't it? May your friend's soul rest in peace.

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    1. Thanks Reema. Yes life is a mystery perhaps that's why it is exciting.

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  8. Beautiful post, and thank you for introducing me to this song. I am going to include a link to this post in my blog post for Monday, which talks about music in the light of a cople of recent deaths in my life recently. Thank you again. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Alana. Sorry for your loss. Glad this song was comforting.

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  9. Lovely painting. I'm sure your friend would feel very honored. Creativity is often a soothing outlet for grief.

    Arlee Bird
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. Thanks Arlee. Yes painting is very therapeutic.

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  10. I am truly sorry for your loss, dear Suzy. Losing a friend is inexplicably painful and yet you've drawn solace through art and poetry. I know he is in a better place but for now, grieve as much as your heart can take. For at the end, we are all but bound by our love and our compassion. Much love to you.

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  11. My condolences on the loss of your friend, Suzy.
    It's amazing how the Universe will speak to us when we allow ourselves to be led. Your painting and lyrics speak not just to you, but to us all. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Sorry to hear about your fiend Suzy. May she be at peace.
    The universe does work in mysterious ways, always letting us know that we are not alone...
    Beautiful painting and equally lovely verses and especially what they signify.

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