Not everyone enjoys being in the spotlight. Finding a peaceful spot away from the hassle of the modern world – somewhere to quietly reflect, meditate and generally sort things out – can help soothe the troubled mind. But too often sounds, lights, schedules etc intrude. As the poet William Wordsworth wrote, ‘The world is too much with us.’
The figure in the photograph is a small sculpture of the Weeping Buddha. It is believed by some that the Weeping Buddha takes away the grief and troubles of the world. In return, he bestow peace and provides strength to those who rub his back.
The title has been chosen with care. It is not a chair, it is the chair. It is the chair to which my wife believes me to be too deeply attached! It is here that I sit and think, reflect, read, ponder, cogitate, write, create pictures, and generally wrestle with the ills of mankind. This sanctuary of enlightenment is surrounded by a world of oblivion and outer darkness. A less kind interpretation is that this is my bolt hole – a place of escapism!
I savour being ‘far from the madding crowd’, and I enjoy beauty in all its forms but especially, perhaps, natural beauty. It is not surprising, therefore, that I find something idyllic about the seashore on a still day.
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It is extraordinary how therapeutic a short time by the sea can be. The whirligig of everyday life is temporarily stilled. The vastness of the sea, the soothing ripple of the waves, the plaintive calling of the gulls, the awareness of unaccustomed space combine to induce personal reflection and meditation.