It’s been SO long since I got out the ol’ wood burner. It was calling my name today - I needed to make something for ME. The perfect solution was a fellow AH-mazing lettering artist’s weekly challenge - #homwork . This week’s challenge was to letter a quote that has meant something to you. Many of you who know me have heard this one - it’s popped up at some seriously important times in my life and always helped me have faith to take that leap of faith I’m worrying over (and I’m constantly second-guessing & overthinking the big leaps in life). It was even more fun challenging myself to do it with the wood burner!!!! I WILL be doing more......
Breaking down my ego .. I found I was nothing. Not this body.. not this face.. not these past experiences.. not this race. Not my education, or job experience, current career, or achievements. What is one to do discovering this existential truth? When you discover your nothingness? Well you can rest in nothingness; or get back out there, and chop wood- carry water. So here’s me lately making the latter decision.. chopping wood- carrying water. Not striving to be anything grandeur or extraordinary. Tending to my duties, and living the simple human life. :) #ifugetmeugetme#zensaying#chopwood#carrywater#relaxandenjoy
"It is the silence between the notes that makes the music" - Zen saying
This is where the Laughing Buddha led me: the top of a mountain where I looked over all of Atami and smiled
📍Izusan Jinja, Atami
Zen ustasi Shunryu Suzuki’nin konusmalarindan derlenen ‘Zen Zihni Baslangic Zihnidir’ isimli kitabi bitirdim bugün. Zen uygulamasini, meditasyon oturusu ve nefesi anlatan, ikilik, bosluk ve aydinlanmaya dair ilginc bilgiler iceren bir kitapti, tavsiye ederim. 🌿 Su sozleri paylasmak isterim Suzuki’nin soyledigi: “Calmness of mind does not mean you should stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself. We say, “It is easy to have calmness in inactivity, it is hard to have calmness in activity, but calmness in activity is true calmness.” 🔹”Zihni dinginlestirmek onu durdurmak anlamina gelmez. Gercek dinginlik hareketin icinde bulunabilir. Bizler, ‘Hareketsizligin icinde dinginligi bulmak kolaydir, oysa hareketin icinde dinginligi bulmaktir zor olan ve hakiki dinginlik de budur,’ deriz.” ☁️☁️