The Middle Way
Zen Spot #91 — Mindfulness, meditation and intuition wrapped February 11, 2018 00:05
There is that weird feeling, when an artist looks back on a creation, of not knowing quite from where it arose. In particular, is that time when there is no recollection at all of what was happening in the moment — where the artwork stands on its own, to live or die. The more intuitive, the better.
Jewelry requires a special kind of talent. Many strengths can be called on to create beauty — an understanding of geometry, metal-smithing, manual dexterity, exceptional eyesight, attention to detail, consideration of weight, mixing of media and more. And all must come together, like an orchestra, to create a unified work.
The artist whose work and hand are shown above explained to me that she begins with a single strand of wire and simply starts wrapping. As a larger strand takes shape, she can see, in her mind’s eye, how it might contour a stone in her collection. Along the way, wire weights change. Directions change. Wrapped wire gets wrapped again. Textures emerge. Perhaps other stones are added and, at some point, she decides which end is up — making sure that an eyelet is on top and more weight is on the bottom.
In the moment , while creating , nothing else exists. If the radio is on, it is still off. Likewise the TV. Clarity merges. Clarity of purpose offset by the calm anxiety of trying to get something out, from within, is achieved.
To let go, in the process, and accept the moment, and let oneness with the materials lead to oneness with the mind, is an amazing thing to see manifested in a creation of love that another human being can wear.
The artist is my daughter. Should you want to review her work, please email me to set up a viewing.
An artist, entrepreneur and writer walking the Buddhist path, his art focuses on the Dharma Wheel. The four wheels shown above are among over 600 DharmaMechanic has created over the course of his career. Each has a unique story. If you’d like to read the story of these wheels or purchase a framed 20" x 20" ready-to-hang print, visit SilkDharma.com.
What are The Four Noble Truths?
- The truth of suffering
- The truth of the origin of suffering
- The truth of the cessation of suffering
- The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering
What is The Noble Eightfold Path?
- Right view
- Right intention
- Right action
- Right speech
- Right livelihood
- Right effort
- Right mindfulness
- Right concentration
What is a Dharma Wheel?