Inktober


Above is this year’s #inktober so far up to ‘day 17’.

This is my third year of doing the #inktober challenge and I absolutely love it. It’s simple, each day there is a prompt for you to create an ink drawing, although you do not have to follow the prompt, and then post your ink drawing to Instagram using the #inktober.

Art is one of my favourite things to do, and in recent months I have fallen away a little from my habit of doing a piece of art each day, even if it is just a quick pencil sketch. When I am doing my art I’m in the moment, focused and free from the mind and its distractions.

So I’m glad to be back in the grove and doing it each day. Like all things, small easy steps build a habit and when we are focused on the small daily routine, then the mind is silent as there is little risk. If we focus on big giant leaps, then alarms ring and the mind sabotages as its poor little ego is at risk.

Step by step keeps us focused now in the joy of doing not thinking about the ‘big’ outcome.

We are creators

All human beings are born creators, sadly we are taught and conditioned from an early age ‘don’t make a mess’ or ‘colour within the lines’, essentially take out the risk and do as you are told. Follow the programme.

It’s a repeating process because the children become the adults and the same de-risking process is continued generation after generation.

A question we can ask ourselves is ‘what did I create today?’. We don’t have to be creating huge amazing things, but a step by step daily process of small creations leads to an amazing creation.

Our sense of fulfilment can be satisfied by creating and rarely by simply doing the same tasks every day.