London the Husky slept very well in the yurt last night, and we started our first full day back in the woods, insulated with shedded siberian dog hair. At 7.30am we opened with candle-lit Creative Meditation. Focussing on the breath, we calmed our minds to simply observe the experience. Breathing through our noses allowed our lungs more time to extract oxygen from our inhalation, helping to slow everything down. We considered the benefits of dissolving thoughts, and wondered what it means to create a beautiful space, beyond structure and interior design. While we chanted, the dog dosed on the sofa, and we were held in a state of peacefulness. Chanting has been scientifically proven to stimulate the limbic system, naturally supporting the regulation of emotions, and as we embark on the creative phase of Only When Its Feathers are Grown, we know we are headed for a rollercoaster whiplash. Our project is to create a performance installation on the theme of the descent – a psychological process which strips you of everything you have ever known, smashes you to the floor, skins you, rolls you in chicken feathers, and leaves you for a rabid dog. Somewhere in our essence, we find our own capacity to transform. This is our story.
Creative Meditation open to drop-ins, tomorrow, Thursday and next week Tuesday – Thursday 7.30am at Abington Woods, Church Lane, Little Abington. Bring a blanket.