PILGRIMS IN THE BLUE COUNTRY or ON THE LONGING FOR ETERNITY
Pentecost weekend we spent biking into the blue country, the Bavarian country side which has inspired artists of the "Blaue Reiter" (blue rider), a group of early expressionists. Riding on trains and bikes towards the mountains we took in the stunning views and shades of blue and green imaging the excitement of a painter to match them.
For the painter Wassily Kandinsky the color blue stands for the awakening of the human desire for the eternal. Feeling the spring breeze on our skins and letting our gaze wonder and wander from the fresh green of the meadows over the blue green of the waters towards the dark blue of the mountains this idea came alive to us.
Just as a verse from the Pentecost readings which I moved in my heart during those days of biking and hiking: The eternal spirit is not in the earth quake, nor in the storms, nor in the thunders. Instead the Spirit is in the "gentle whisper." Indeed.
Welcomed by monasteries on the way and strengthened by their good food and beer, flowering meadows and herb gardens, daily prayers and friendship we left the blue country deeply nourished and in peace.
We hope the photo journey gives you a taste of the longing and some peace to your heart.
PS: I found this book by Kandinsky himself on the spiritual in art. Looks like an interesting read for all art lovers who like to dig deeper. I might come back to it in another post. If you know more about it I appreciate your comments.
Peace and love to you always.