It’s always amazing to be somewhere new. You take things in differently. We’re able to see with perspective that can be hard to cultivate at home. Then there are some places that just amaze. At the beginning of September I got to meet the second biggest Buddha in Japan, Great Buddha or Daibutsu, on a day trip to Kamakura from Tokyo. We started out by meandering through many buddhist temples and hiked through a park to meet Buddha. The hike was enlightening – I was seeing new and different plants, trees and animals. I carried a little journal and pen and so this happened:
What you can’t see in this picture is that I was looking only at buddha and not at my paper, an exercise I always loved from high school art class. The space was so peaceful and adding a little drawing felt just right!
As I was drawing, I let go of ‘what I thought buddha was supposed to look like’ and simply allowed myself to draw and pay attention to the different details in the statue. It made me think about how much we try to please our partners and bosses and co-workers based on what we assume we’re supposed to be doing as opposed to sometimes truly feeling out the moment in a moment or meeting or project and navigating from what we think is best for all.
Drawing in thought,