Life has seemed to be much more chaotic than usual lately. To constructively deal with the additional stress, I decided it was time to spend some quality time and practice Ikebana once more.
The art-form is the deliberate use of mindfulness meditation and floral design. It has the look of modernity yet is rooted in tradition. To do Ikebana is to be mentally and spiritually engaged.
The first example is based on the old idea that lines are masculine and curves are feminine. It is coupled with another old concept that odd numbers are male and even numbers are female. In this case we have three linear elements and four circular elements.
The second arrangement balances heaviness with lightness. A physically heavy vintage cast iron container holds a visually heavy sunflower. Grassy stems provide the needed counterpoint.
If there is one theme the third Ikebana demonstrates, that would be freedom. I took three deep, mindful breaths, then began the process of placing elements and only placing elements.