A continuation of sorts, of last week's discussion (To Just Be), but in another dimension, perhaps.
I'm prompted to continue this discussion since my shadow here is a profile of a statue of a seated Buddha on a shelf on my front porch (which seems to yield me a vast array of shadow shots as you might come to realize over time-my front porch, I mean).
The state of enlightenment that all Buddhists aspire for is one where the world can be viewed without any preconceived notions. The prerequisite for achieving this state is called "satori". When your mind is free from all learned ideas of the world, it is then that you can see it as it is. It takes mindful awareness and non-doing along with a focus or devotion to the task at hand that satori can be reached.
As artists, I believe that we can come close to this satori when we get completely immersed in what we are doing. All the peripheral stuff disappears. There is no sense of time. When are completely absorbed in the task at hand and when we come out of it, we are truly in a state of euphoria. This only happens when all these elements are present along with the mind becoming quiet; the internal chattering quiets down. It is then that we are in the moment. But still, a long ways off to achieving the state of enlightenment that Buddha speaks of! If only it could be that simple.
I come close to this state when I work in a mode I call "spontaneous combustion". I'm creating in a moment something that I had no preconceived notion of. Things just happen (and later, I will not be able to recall the process by which I created said art). No expectations of the outcome. Just sheer joy in doing, or maybe, non-doing is more accurate since I didn't start out to do something.
So, doing nothing is doing something, really. Really.
This message of living in the moment has been a reoccurring theme for me. Constantly, I remind myself. It takes constant reminding. It's a message I repeat every year in the missives that I send out during the Holidays.
In your repetoire, be sure to include the art of non-doing (and mindful awareness)!
Be sure to visit Hey Harriet's blog for more beautiful shadow entries on Shadow Shot Sunday.