The Perfectly Imperfect Enso and an Update.
Well hello there, lovely readers! *waves*
Oh sorry. Did I scare you just now? I know that this part of my site has been collecting a lot of dust! My apologies. It’s been a long time since my last post and it’s not that I don’t have anything to write. Truth is, I just got way too caught up in my own thoughts and what direction I need to head in. I already mentioned that I was making changes to my site, but even though I was doing this I felt kind of lost. I also forgot that I had RSVPed to a business course by the wonderful Tara Gentile, Stand Out Business (#standoutbiz). After a few lessons, a few things became clear.
1. I was on the right track with the changes I was making and the ideas I had for myself and my business.
2. I had a A LOT of work ahead of me. Still do.
3. Tara is one heck of a business lady.
This was very daunting for me. Not the “Tara is one heck of a business lady”, part. I loved her and what she teached and super grateful for the tools and advice she gave in her lessons. I finally have a clear perspective to properly tacke a few things. But no matter how well I can handle switching up things, this shift in thinking and all those “aha- moments” surprised me. I tried to keep up with daily peeks, but I started to realize that I wasn’t blogging anymore. I realized that I’d write only for the sake of posting an article once a week and not with a focus. This is not how I want to do my things as I don’t want to waste your time or mine. Besides, writing shouldn’t be a chore.
If you’re following me on Instagram and Facebook, you know I’ve been taking you on many little journeys. If you’re not following me yet, my goodness what are you waiting for!? You’re missing out on foxes, birds, red pandas, robots, mermaids and fashion dresses! A little peek:
So to ease back into blogging, I thought to start with a story. A tattoo story, to be more specific. A year ago, I got my second tattoo. The Enso symbol. If you know me or tagging along this creative adventure me, you know I already have one and I shared the story of that one on The Indie Chicks site. You can see the ink below as well:
For my second tattoo, I knew I wanted a symbol. A symbol that would capture me as an individual, an artist and the journey I’ve been on. A journey that’s been perfectly imperfect, filled with life lessons and unexpected twists and changes. For the longest time I had the infinity sign in mind, but it’s a sign that’s very common and I while I was pondering a twist for it, nothing really fit though. Then one day, I read about the Enso.
“Ensō (circle) is a sacred symbol in the Zen school of Buddhism and is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy, even though it is a symbol and not a character.” – Modern Zen.
When I read the above, I just threw my hands up in the air. This was it! It’s in the Japanese calligraphy and it’s a circle painted with a brush stroke in black ink? The perfection was just beyond amazing. The meaning behind it just added a cherry on top. I won’t ramble about the meaning here, just read this post. It captured my love for brushstrokes, Japan and simplicity in one simple movement. Okay. When the tattoo artist placed it, it didn’t go in one smooth stroke. I mean, have you ever seen a tattoo device thingy? Or seen in slow motion how it works? You should. Didn’t hurt that much though. Funny thing. When I went to the tattoo shop, they had never heard of it. In a way, this is a good thing as it’s not an overly used piece. Not where I live anyway.
This did mean that I had to have my story ready if someone asks me about it, because while I have a few reasons that I can easily explain, I also have reasons that are personal.
So. I still don’t have my story ready as I keep forgetting I have it and when someone sees it, I go,“oh this? Well, how long do you have?”
Okay. Just kidding. I do have small story ready. Sort of. Let’s have a look at it!
I know that this tattoo style isn’t for everyone, though. At first glance you’ll see a simple circle. One that looks not quite done and you might think, “Hmm that looks like a mis-shaped circle” and then you go “what does it mean? And that’s what I love about it. It’s not perfect, it’s not common, but what it stands for fits me, both as a person and artist, perfectly.
“The ensō reveals the expressive movement and character of the artist’s spirit and leaves the creator fully exposed at one particular moment in time…leaving the ensō open is like leaving room for the spirit to flow in and out of the circle of emptiness; allowing it to breathe.” – Modern Zen
Allowing yourself to breath. This is something we shouldn’t forget. I’m guilty of forgetting this every now and then as I get caught up in so much. This has definitely been the case these last couple of weeks. Glancing at this tattoo and having a chat with a few friends (and my mind) usually sort things out again.
Now do tell me! How have YOU been? Have I missed out on any special posts? What did you miss seeing and reading from me? I have a few things that I will share and ask you, so be ready for that!
Have a lovely day and remember, weekend is almost here! I promise that the next post won’t take as long again.
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