The times we are living in currently compel us to pay attention to aspects of our life we often neglect thanks to our busy schedules. This could include our family who loves us, the nature that surrounds us, the silence that can engulf us or small, kind gestures towards strangers that can fulfil us. This recently released painting that you see before you has the same message.
The artwork by Karun Soni is called the Spring Buddha – Cherry Blossom, and is the second piece in a collection that represents the four seasons of Buddha. On the surface, you see a vibrant, mesmerising dance of pink, purple and blue cherry blossoms inhabit the canvas. But look closer, and you can see a subtle depiction of the Buddha in a deep, meditative state.
In Buddhism, cherry blossoms are a symbol of mindfulness, mortality and the transient nature of life. When they bloom in spring, the image created is powerful and enchanting. But this bloom lasts only for a short while, much like human life, which is equally fleeting.
This painting is, therefore, a reminder to enjoy our short time on earth by being mindful of what lies within and around us. It is telling us to recognise the value of small joys, for it will all add up to become a glorious array of memories in the end, for you and your loved ones – much like a cherry blossom in full bloom.