Can we lower blood pressure in under 5 minutes? A soft smile upon our faces?
And, can we be Ready for the day?
Calm morning strolls, no matter how short, are perfect. Perfect for refreshing, for inspiring.
For gaining new insights.
The Zen Strolls
My Zen Strolls began a few years ago, with the instructions “get some exercise.”
The idea was for me to jog or something like that.
The traditional idea of exercise.
I thought I’d walk. Cheap, handy, etc.
I needed a reward.
So I took my camera, thus my “prescribed” program of exercise morphed into a meditational zen stroll.
Something I enjoy.
Look forward to. And will do as often as I can.
I had to look at this exercise thing a little differently, than the standard way of thinking about it.
With new fresh eyes.
No. I do not actually do aerobic exercise. At all.
But, my blood pressure is lower. Enjoyment is higher. And some days, I end up walking 2 hours.
Works for me.
The Difficult Questions
Approach it all, with a New Innocence.
Whatever it is, whether its ‘exercise’ or if its Art.
Those ….. ingrained traditions.
Those old accepted beliefs.
Why do we need to skimp on paint?
Why do we need to use Just Beginner quality products?
Why do we need to paint tiny, shrinking inwards, rather than Bold & Outwards!?
Why do we need to parrot the exact scene, line for line, word for word, without expressing our own selves?
Do you pause, and wonder about
HOW are these actions, serving us, in the Long Term?
These are the hard questions, we need to ask of ourselves, in order for the doors of creativity to fully open.
“What purpose is this thought or action serving?”
This was what one of my professors, demanded of me, in the nicest way possible.
It stopped me, in my tracks.
And made me think.
She was a great one for doing her own thing, her way.
And making certain that others found their own voice.
It was years ago, and I’ve not forgotten her words.
Art is Feeling
I explore in many posts, ideas about feelings, thoughts and emotions in this Art website.
Not just the mechanics, the step by step techniques.
Basics are good, needed, but without the spirit and imagination to spur us on, we falter.
One can not divide the two…. Art and Feelings.
The artist’s feelings, emotions, are what breathes Life into the art work.
Without that vulnerability, ‘risk’ taking, the resulting product is bland and flat.
Its an empty product without taste, not many would be interested in tasting.
I’m working on some watercolor color charts.
Plus, a quick tree or two… these will go into Part 2 of Zen Strolls, my upcoming next post.