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  • Manju Sadarangani


Ahista: Slow


24” x 24”

Acrylic on Canvas

December 2022


Ahista is slow. This piece is a reminder to go slow, to treat yourself with deliberate compassion.

For this piece, I worked with the deep dark navy blues of midnight, bolstered by the greens of the anahata chakra, the heart chakra, the seat of compassion. This piece serves as a reminder to go slow, to find time for compassion for yourself.

I find that a great deal of my self-esteem is tied up with the things I do. The way I work, the way I create, the way I teach, the way I parent, the doing is where my ego firmly resides. During meditation, I realize I don’t seem to identify with my physical existence. It is easier and easier to disconnect from that vanity. But the weighing of self-worth with action, production is another pernicious piece of the puzzle.

This piece asks to slow down and think through what it means to be. To acknowledge value, even if it cannot be quantified on a spreadsheet. To examine self-worth with the type of compassion we usually reserve only for others takes time. Slowly is the only way to understand value beyond what we produce.

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