Meditation on Spring

“Art is nature as seen through a temperament.”

Emile Zola
A landscape painting of a peaceful clearing.
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Early Spring near Mantes, 1855-1856, Carnegie Museum of Art,
Acquired through the generosity of the Sarah Mellon Scaife Family

Find a quiet place and contemplate the changing of the seasons with the meditation on Spring, inspired by the painting Early Spring near Mantes by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.

Follow along with the audio or text below.

Step-by-Step Meditation

Listen to Meditation on Spring:

  1. Take a few moments to look at this work depicting a scene in early spring. What about the landscape reminds you of spring?
  2. March 20th is the first day of spring this year. Take a moment to reflect on the changing season: What is your temperament as you move into this new season?
  3. Now, close your eyes and visualize your own spring landscape. Imagine you are painting your own trees and blossoms in your mind’s eye.
  4. Now, close your eyes and begin following the breath.
  5. How does the season affect your temperament? Do you feel more energized as the earth transitions to spring?
  6. Continue to visualize your own spring landscape to build greater connection with the earth and this new season.

This work is on view in Scaife Gallery 6.