How are we affected by a smile?
Thich Nhat Hanh inspires reflection, exploration and contemplation with “Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile.”
Exhaling, I play with how deeply from within the smile comes.
How far does it extend?
Is there a bow of connection with in and out?
I’m reminded of the book Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel.
In archery, the hitter and the hit are no longer two opposing objects, but are one reality.
That brings me to Frederick Franck:
While drawing grasses I learn nothing ‘about’ grass, but wake up to the wonder that there is grass at all.
Frederick Franck: I know artists whose medium is life itself, and who express the inexpressible without brush, pencil, chisel or guitar. They neither paint nor dance. Their medium is Being. Whatever their hand touches has increased life…. They are the artists of being alive.
Ah, to be an artist of being alive, and with that, “breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile.”