"Life is a balance of holding on and letting go." - Rumi
We had a beautiful mystery unfold in our courtyard that delighted and inspired us! After several weeks, we had the opportunity to solve the mystery and spend time with the artist. Rodney is one of our residents and his method for his rock creativity is “a little bit science, a little bit art and a little bit divine.” Rodney says that it engages all of his senses and requires a lot of focus; he loves to create something that seems as though it’s impossible. He says that doing this work is all about feeling connected to something bigger than himself.
He enjoys looking at all of the characteristics of the rocks to learn about their personality. Sometimes he spends several minutes placing just one rock and when he finds the right balance and lets go, he feels a deep sense of accomplishment. Rodney says he’s learning about himself as a person and his place in the universe through his work. The YSHC is just a small practice playground for spaces that he does this on a larger scale, like at the VA. It’s focus, intention, paying attention to now, determination, and flexibility that fuel Rodney’s captivating rock art!