We are all connected

All our ancestors live on in us.

All our ancestors live on in us. I am every life that has ever been.
I am my mother, my father and my children.
My actions are my ancestors, as they live on in me.


This is because that is

This is because that is.

I think of how things are.
I think of how everything is connected.
A man turned left 10,000 years ago and this action gave birth to me.
His action is alive in me today while everything physical is impermanent.

Our actions are all that remain of us.

All that will remain of me are my actions.
They will always be part of what is.

I am reminded of the poem 'An Arundel Tomb' by Philip Larkin where he writes "What will survive of us is love."
Another inspiration for me is from the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, “My actions are my only true belongings.”


We are interdependant by Mike Heseltine

We are interdependent.

Without the owl, I am different.
I watch the owl hover above me and we share the moment. We share everything.
Everything is interdependent.

True self is non self Buddhist art

True self is non self.

I think about how we, along with everything, are all made from the same material. The self is both the tombstone and me. With stillness, I lose identification with thoughts of self.
One of the recurring symbols in my work is the tomb which I sat next to when visiting Durham Cathedral. The memory of the stillness of the tomb often helps me to still my mind and triggers a feeling of connection with all things. It is the letting go of the ego and that which wants me to be unique. In the picture, the sun and moon are together in the tomb, symbolising no time and stillness. The orange figures have individual faces and are separated. They dwell in thoughts which are represented by the separate sun and the moon dividing them (and the obsession we have with time). I am the horizontal figure echoing the figure in the tomb. I have stillness and with it a feeling of being connected with all things. I am all the figures and have no individual face. This is how I feel when I think of the tomb and capture the stillness it symbolised.

We are all connected by Mike Heseltine

We are all connected.

We are all connected in stillness.

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Chapter 3 - The present moment

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