To Begin Again

Deal with difficult things with simple acts. Deal with big things while they are small. Difficult tasks have easy beginnings. Large undertakings begin as small actions.” ~ Daodejing Chp. 63

One small act of picking up a pen and eight years later I’m still doing it. I had stop for quite some time after graduating from college. Resigning myself to the fact that maybe the creative path wasn’t the best course to take in life and settled for something more practical and safe; a desk job at a medical billing company that led to over a decade of administrative work in the healthcare field. But in the winter of 2009, what was innate in me begun to stir again, so I picked up a pen and this drawing came out. It begun as a bunch of circle at first. I hadn’t set out to create anything particular. I just wanted to create something, even if it just turned out to be nothing more than a bunch of stippled circles on a page. But this little creature emerged from a shell. Maybe in some subconscious way it was a symbolic manifestation of my own transformation of slowly embracing what I had become afraid to be…an artist. A lot of internal struggles have been quietly fought and won over the years that make me look back at this drawing and feel thankful that I didn’t try to silent my creative energy that winter in 2009 and allowed myself to begin again.

Nobody, Nowhere & Nothing

We are always trying to be somebody.

Trying to get somewhere.

Trying to do something.

We exhaust ourselves trying to accomplish things that we think will make ourselves feel important and significant even though we will never be more important to others than we are to ourselves. 

It takes courage to be nobody.

To go nowhere.

To do nothing.

To settle into the quiet peace of not trying to fabricate our lives in order to win approval, prestige and status according to the opinions of others. To quietly go about our days taking care of our basic needs and doing things that we simply enjoy with no fanfare, pomp or show.

There’s a freedom and treasure in being nobody; being free from the confines of other people’s expectations  and the contentment that is discovered from living a simple life in the comfort of our true being. 

There is no greater calamity than not finding contentment with one’s own sufficiency. There is no greater mistake than to be covetous. When one is content within one’s own nature, one will always have enough.”  ~ Daodejing, Chp. 46
…just some thoughts that came to me while tending to the garden this morning. 😊

First Day Of Summer

As today is the first day of summer I give thought to the Cosmos, the Earth and to Nature and are reminded of quotes by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee .

β€œThe entire cosmos is a cooperative. The sun, the moon, and the stars live together as a cooperative. The same is true for humans and animals, trees, and the earth. When we realize that the world is a mutual, interdependent, cooperative enterprise… then we can build a noble environment. If our lives are not based on this truth, then we shall perish.” ~ Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

If we recognize the Earth as a living, spiritual being, we will find that she can regenerate.” ~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee 

May we always be mindful of where we came from, to what we will return and our interconnectedness to all that is around us. πŸ™πŸ˜Š

Five Things To Remember As An Artist

Number 4 resonates with me the most. In this day and age where everything is immediate and accessible practically 24/7, having patience is becoming a lost virtue. I find myself feeling as though I need to be a machine to keep up, to compete in this “instant gratification” world. People can easily forget about you if you’re not cranking out work at the same speed as pushing a button. But among my own personal beliefs, I feel that the creative spirit comes from Nature and if you’ve ever paid any attention to Nature, She has never been in a rush to do anything. The only things that tend to happen quickly are disasters and destruction but creation takes time and effort. We can get fooled into believing in “over night” success because the media likes to highlight these anomalies but often such successes are 7, 10, 15 and sometimes 20 years in the making. Anything worth any true value or beauty takes time to create. So if you’re like me, keep something like this list around to remind yourself to have patience with yourself and your craft. Nothing great was ever built in a day.