Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’m sharing my thoughts and reflections on a lexicon (vocabulary specific to a certain subject) of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words. Ludic is defined as “playful, in an aimless way” and that’s my plan for approaching this challenge – keeping my feet on the joy trail and meandering wherever the daily word takes me.
C is for…
concinnate [ kon–suh-neyt ] – (verb used with object). To arrange or blend together skillfully, as parts or elements; put together in a harmonious, precisely appropriate, or elegant manner. First known usage late 1500s.
I love this concept, and I rather think it’s a lovely invitation for navigating life. I believe the first time I was aware it was consciously possible to work this way, was thanks to a first job I had in a photography/production studio that had a number of high-end catalog accounts. The stylists kept little journals filled with ideas and color combinations and various inspirations that helped them as they were deciding how to style photoshoots. For years prior I had been clipping things out of magazines and using various paper ephemera and arranging them together, according to color, or line, or flow, but I hadn’t realized it was a “thing.”
There are times I’ve rued not having trained in art because I think that would have proved a wonderful medium for my life’s expression. While I don’t regret the healing path I chose instead, I’m grateful to have found so many ways to incorporate visual art into my life as well. I love it when both my heart and my eyes are happy.
I often think about the truth that beauty is the harmonic of nature. The indigenous concept of the Beauty Way is so rich in understanding and experiencing how nature is woven in a myriad of ways into a beautiful expression of harmony. It is both a surrender and a practice of devotion to walk in the world this way.
To concinnate objects and the tangibly physical is of great interest and fascination for me, but I also very much like the idea applied to mental processes as well. I love the image as expressed by Anne-Sophia Swetchine “To have ideas is to gather flowers. To think is to weave them into garlands.”
There is something about gathering and combining and just allowing myself to notice and reflect that is so satisfying to me. Utlimately I think all my visual journals are examples of this. I call them my without/within books – using what is outside myself to mine for the treasures within myself. And to understand the world around me as well. I like layeredness and nuance, complexity and harmony.
While I’m definitely not a minimalist, and don’t imagine I’ll ever be, one of the things I’ve been thinking a great deal about lately what “enough” looks (and feels) like. To dance with what that feels like in every aspect of life.
Mia Howell wrote “The Japanese say even the other side has another side. We need to keep turning things over in our minds until we can see them in circles of motion, in spirals, in the complete roundness of their being, through all cycles of becoming, undoing, renewing.”
I love this concept – it’s something I strive for – folding everything back into wholeness. In a very real sense, I think to concinnate things into beautiful patterns is my attempt to practice this.
What about you? Do you find beauty in the word concinnate and its meaning? Are you, or someone you know, a master at finding harmonious connections? Finding the bridges between very disparate things? Think of beauty as the harmonic of nature? What is it you ARE finding beautiful at this moment? Do tell – I’d love to hear.