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.

Just acknowledge

Every one of us thinks in our mind that we are always right.

Yet all of us can not be right all the time, because, in my mind, my ego tells me that you are wrong at the same time someone else believes they are right and therefore I must be wrong.

Why have humans not realised that we can not be right all the time and others always wrong? It’s not possible.

Simple, our ego will not allow us to be wrong. Even if we reluctantly accept that we are wrong and say so out loud, deep down the mind will work its magic to convince itself that it was still right, there were factors that made us temporarily make an error but we were still right.

The fact is, to our true essence and self, right or wrong does not matter. Yet we waste so much energy and focus on being right, all the time.

Perhaps we can just choose to neither agree nor disagree and just acknowledge the other person but not pass a judgement. Imagine how quickly conflict would go away.