Bits of zen flotsam & jetsam from the daily practice of a zen fool with shards of modern Buddhist art from my studio. Sometimes cranky, sometimes inspiring, mostly entertaining.
Friday, December 23, 2011
New Loves, Old Habits, & Gingerbread Cookies
You always knew this about me but I am going to say it out loud now. I am a little slow. In many ways, but especially technologically speaking. I just discovered tumblr. Roll your eyes now and get it over with. Yawn a little perhaps. There, now you've recovered. I know it is so last decade. But there you have it, I belong to the cybersnail family, a slowly evolving form of life in this brave new world.
It happened like this. I fell the other day and gave my knee a good bang. And some good Dharma unravelled. Down the same old roads of anger and fear and worry. Boringly intense. And such a quick flash fire. Old habits didn't require much stirring to surface, just a bang on the knee. I could watch and see what I was doing, knowing full well that the stories were not helpful, and yet..... I followed them like a hungry puppy.
Next morning, lying in bed, chewing over the sore knee (that sounds physically awkward and animal like, don't you think?), I was looking at a couple of tumblr sites. My daughter came to console the grumpy mom, look at my knee and had me signed on to tumblr and reblogging art that I loved in an instant. Suddenly the mood had changed and I was smitten. How quickly we can make that turn. Or how long we can wallow, given the appropriate circumstances. Ah, for wise and kind companions.
While my new love, tumblr and I are quite happy together, I am reminded for the gazillionth time of how we have a choice of the stories we tell ourselves. We can run the poor me video, with it's hungry ghost sound track or we can simply be with what is and even find things that engage our imaginations and hearts.
So I am in this euphoric state of new love, as I was when I first started blogging. (The knee is recovering with the help of traumeel and arnica). I have disappeared down the tumblr hole and am blown away in the same way I was when I discovered the blog world. I am amazed at the human imagination, it's wide span and the depth of it's incredible talent. The art and design out there warms my heart and feeds my soul. So check out my new tumblr site to see what is catching my eye. As well as art there is an endless well of great design sites, craft sites, architecture, whatever your pleasure. I am especially enjoying a site called "Unconsumption" Visit tumblr, be inspired. Oh, sorry, the rest of you are already there.
Buddhism & Art...if I had to pick two words that give an overview of what I get up to in this world those would be my choices. Buddhism is the ground upon which I rest all else. I like to think it brings me some sanity. It helps me think in some logical way about what I am doing and look at it as deeply as possible. What did I just do? Why ? What's that all about? ...To try and look at my life without sliding over things or fooling myself...To be present for life, not rejecting or preferring one experience over another. Buddhist practice makes my life full and rich, sometimes filled with joy and sometimes with a deep experience of the suffering present in this world.
After all those words does it seem odd to say that it is the simplicity of Zen that appeals to me? This inclination to simplicity pulls me to try and integrate my practice and work, to paint Buddhas, to observe my process as I work.
I am drawn to mixed media, integrating script and words with images and colour.