Monthly Archives: February 2016

Drawing as a Meditation


Mandala Coloring Book- Drawings

I got the Mandala Coloring Book [By Jim Gogarty] and a box of coloring pencils for Christmas. And I never thought it would be something that would become a habit, but to my surprise I do it everyday effortlessly.

Firstly, it’s a very soothing exercise to do in the morning or actually right after office. Just putting the color pencils to paper and filling in color gives my subconscious the space to process some of what has happened during the day.   And funnily enough I find myself very fresh and with a clear idea of what I want to do after I have done coloring even if it’s for 10 minutes.

Secondly, being very obsessive about doing things the right way I find this very refreshing as there’s no right or wrong. If I feel like doing one heart in black color then that’s right. There’s no overarching right or wrong.

Thirdly, it’s beautiful. And every time I sit down to do these I think of impermanence. I had seen a bunch of monks do this at a retreat center in California. They painstakingly worked on the design every day and on the last day they erased it all. Nothing ever remains the same.

Creativity does arise from stillness and being mindful.

“You cannot travel the path until you become the path.”

This quote took me quiet sometime – literally a year on my kitchen wall before I began to understand what it meant. As usual this is my take on it.

For example, if you are writing a book, then everything that you do you think from a perspective of writing a book. Like how would I describe this person, this building, thinking of plots during driving. It literally takes over your life. Now, this has to happen naturally unless you are the Fake it Until I Make it types.

If Buddha was a barber, getting a haircut would be enlightenment.

Your true nature shines through regardless of what you are doing. Buddha’s main purpose was to help others on the path to enlightenment. So even if he was a barber he would be doing the same.

What is your true nature? That you do regardless of your calling, profession.