Root your body into its strength and become aware of your connection to the ground, where your body touches a surface, the weight of connection–a grand mountain, whose peaks pierce smoky clouds and continue upward where the air is clear and the view is endless.
A mountain with slopes that are both jagged and gentle; supported by a vast foundation, rooted deep in the bedrock of the earth. This mountain is a monument to all that is solid, grand, unmoving, and beautiful.
Be this mountain, and share in its stillness. Your head its skyward peak, supported by the rest of your form, granting you an awe-inspiring perspective of the landscape before you, behind you, and about you, which flows from your center into the distant horizon.
And take on its stability as your own. From the top of your crown, down your neck, and into the balance of your shoulders, like cliffs, descending into your arms and forearms, and coming to rest in the valley of your hands.
The rhythm of your breath is all that moves you.
A living mountain: alive and aware, yet unwavering in inner stillness. Completely what you are, beyond words and thought: a centered, grounded, unmovable presence.
A mountain, which witnesses the sun travel across the sky, casting light and shadows and colors across its consistent composure. Moment by moment, in the mountain’s stillness, the surface teems with life and activity: Snows melt, streams run down its face, trees and flowers bloom and die and bloom again as the wildlife returns and departs with the seasons.
Through it all, the mountain sits. Aware of the changes that each moment brings, around it and to it. Yet it remains itself.
Jess Weitz is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher living in Marlboro. She has explored through her artistry and training ecofeminism, Buddhism, mythology and trauma. She holds a BA from Bard College and an MA in Library Science.
She is most interested in art as a tool for inner transformation and spiritual expression. She teaches at River Gallery School of Art in Brattleboro and online.
Jess offers intimate, supportive classes in person and online, including: