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Persephone and me: A personal reflection

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posted on 26.03.2018, 03:37 authored by Miriam Pickard
I was born with big curious eyes and am often caught staring at people. I have come to see that my intense gaze is a fascination with what I see and feel around me and inside me. My gaze lives in relationship to my environment influencing the way I relate to the world, how I internalise my experiences and what is born as a result. The Greek Philosopher and writer Nikos Kazantzakis refers to the authentic gaze that moves between the outer and inner world. This is captured in the subtitle above and reflects my own experience in pursuit of an authentic gaze. It raises a personal question for me: how to give form to the life force deep within me as I gaze outward and inward. My gaze takes me beyond what can be seen with the naked eye and allows beauty to take shape within me and around me.

PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature, No. 13, 2017: 19-28


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