Ink in Moleskine (Larger)
This is a pocket-sized, hand-carved, portable altar. From the outside, when it’s closed, it appears to be two hands in prayer (see below). When you open it there are two serene Buddhas in meditation. (Unfortunately in my drawing they look less than serene.)
I watched no TV today and was astonished by how much more time I had, and everything I was able to fit into the day. Instead of watching TV while I ate my meals I read the art magazines I subscribe to but had barely glanced at. As soon as a meal was done I was up and off to something else instead of sitting and finishing watching a TV show.
After lunch, instead of having my afternoon cup of coffee in front of the TV, I sat on my sunny back porch and reflected on this and that, watching my baby hydrangeas grow. That’s when it struck me how little time I’ve been spending with my mind free to wander and ponder.
When I was a kid I loved to lay on my back in the grass and watch the clouds drift by, seeing different creatures in them. As an adult, I had a Zen meditation practice that got squeezed out of my schedule a few years ago. Somehow TV had gradually taken the place of that kind of open, meditative time. Now, without TV, it feels like there’s time for real relaxation and getting things done.
Today I finally cleaned up the junk I’d piled on the counter in the studio kitchen months ago and had been ignoring. This evening, when I gathered up the sketchbooks that had piled up on my drawing table, I discovered a Moleskine with only two blank pages left. Today’s sketch is of one of the items that needed putting away from the kitchen. Now I’ve finished the kitchen and the sketchbook and a really great day.