Last week, I was fortunate enough to visit Florence for the very first time and savour all the wonderful architecture and art this fragrant city has to offer, at my leisure. Among the places I visited, Jan Fabre's exhibition at the Fort di Belvedere was particularly haunting and left an impression I wish to share..
Before I explain what this is, first a little on the artist's background...
Instead of the usual prowess and courage we associate with this majestic image, the knight was in turmoil; wavering, stooping, flailing and falling around a stone room. After a short while I felt myself becoming mesmerised by the sense of imprisonment the knight was expressing. Surely he should feel powerful and protected in his coat of armour? So why was the feeling so desperate and fragile?
It struck me that in life we spend most of our time, one way or another trying to protect ourselves. Often the virtual amour we build around us becomes so very heavy and cumbersome that we loose the very thing that gives us the 'edge' in battle and defence - that of fluency, flow and agility!
Of course it's not just physical things such as our home or clothes that we acquire to protect ourselves, it is also the illusive shield we put up to portray a different person to the one we really are...
There is a purity and sweetness in realising this truth, and if one is able to shed ones' armour I believe you allow your Soul to fully bloom in all its potential. Then, you are truly defended against any harm because you have transcended the physical limitations of human life - boundless.
So a lesson for us all I believe...in order to really live, let you shields fall and then you can truly smell the fragrance of what beautiful life has to offer....
I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog, if so, or if you disagree please do comment as I would love to hear what you think!
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