I was in my late teens when I was introduced to the world of art. A professor’s passion ignited an inner spark and turned it into a blaze. The assignment was to read about artists’ lives and begin viewing their works of art. The city’s main museum was having a Van Gogh show and I went after reading and pondering Van Gogh’s life.

I was amazed by the dissimilarity of the photographs in the books to the actual artifact. Now, standing before these paintings, I was spellbound and discovered a hunger I did not realize I had. I became very attracted to the art of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. Now, I longed to see so many more artists’ renderings as well – Monet, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin and Cezanne.

Ten years later, I had an opportunity to visit New York City and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I knew Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” was housed there, as well as other masterpieces I wished to see. I was excited beyond words, however totally unprepared for what was about to happen.

I began my exploration by going directly to my first choice, Van Gogh, feeling pretty much like a child in a candy shop. As I approached “The Starry Night,” it was as if I was entering the night of the painting watching stars spin in this deep dark sky. I became still, mesmerized in a magical space, awestruck, completely and utterly silent. I had just come home somehow to myself and to contentment as never before. I don’t know how long I stood there, but I do remember feeling a little faint, like not solid in my body as I moved slowly to sit on a bench nearby to keep my connection. This painting was alive and it was as much in relationship to me as I was to it. We were lovers traveling together on a starry night.

Perhaps my story reminds you of a time your heart was taken by surprise.

What has been a stunning moment for you? 

Have you felt spellbound by nature, music,  or travel in your life?

How do you feel when you remember that experience?

Carry it with you; it lives always in your heart. It will buoy you up on the dreariest of days.

If you’d like to learn more about living a heart-centered life, join me at www.TwoWiseWomen.org.

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