How do we stay upbeat and positive during a pandemic? Covid cases and deaths are on the rise again. Health experts tell us that we’re in for a tough winter. Most of us are suffering Pandemic fatigue, but there are things that we can do to give ourselves a more positive mindset. It’s time to add more pleasure to your home life. One thing I realized when we were all asked to self-quarentine last March, was that I wanted to set my apartment up exactly as I wanted it. I was going to be spending so much time there. I needed to be surrounded by things that I loved. This would have both an uplifting and empowering effect. I junked or gave away everything that didn’t speak to me anymore, that included art.
Art is an effective way to raise the vibration of a home. It tells a story and makes a statement. I sometimes use a piece of art as a focal point, for my meditation. I’ll just gaze at the piece in open acceptance and let the judging mind go. When purchasing art, I like to support local artists. Robert Castagna is a Boston area photographer that I’ve been following for a number of years. I’ve added a few of his photographs to my home. Robert’s photos have a way of drawing you in and making you witness. Some celebrate the beauty of the landscape or foreign lands while others record history in the making. You can see more of Robert’s work here. https://www.thenarrowroom.com/
At the beginning of this post is one of Castagna’s color images of Truro which is located on Cape Cod. The image truly captures the peacefulness of this Cape town. It gives a good a sense of his color photography which draws the viewer in, making them part of the scene. The brightness of the warm sun is instantly felt by this piece. I can't think of a better way to warm yourself on a cold day. It seems as if you could reach out and touch the grass that the shack sits upon.
At the bottom of this post is one of Robert’s black and white pieces. All of his black and whites are shot will film. This is one of the photos that I have a print of. It is a shot of the Mexican side of the Wall. I find it to be hauntingly beautiful. It has an interesting perspective and the boy who runs freely at the top, really adds to the scene. I wanted something that documented this atrocious time in our history. I also send the image loving energy each day, to help heal the situation.
I encourage you to take stock of what surrounds you. Get rid of the items that drag you down. Thin things out and clean it up. Invest in some quality art. You'll be thankful that you created a beautiful home. I found myself wondering why I hadn't done so sooner!