When I was driving the other day, I had this thought: “everything is an art!” We use the word “art” in things we typically associate with art; such as music, painting, and sculpture. We don't even use the word “art” often for books and movies unless it is “art-y” writings and movie, maybe because it is very commercialized,
I am reading the book “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali,” which is written by B.K.S. Iyengar who is considered to be one of the pioneers who brought and taught yoga in the West. He translated the ancient Sutra of Patanjali written in Sanscrit and also wrote his interpretations and his own teachings along with each sutra.
At one point in the book, he mentions practicing yoga is an art whether it is in the form of Asana (physical poses), Pranayama (breathing exercises), or any other facet of yoga. He suggests dedicated and mindful practice to make improvements through yoga, not only in a body, but also, mind and spirit.
I think everything we do day to day can be considered an art. The more we practice, the better we get. The more we pay attention, the more details we can see and feel. Obviously, the opposite is true. If you don’t pay attention in what you do, what you see and feel stays the same as what you have always felt and seen before.
How we communicate, how we treat others, how we eat, how we cook, how we manage our day, how we drive, all can be improved and can bring more joy and happiness if we actually put our intention, attention, and practice to them. You may use your own creative and imaginative skills to think how what you do affect not only you, but also others who are present in your life.
Take what you say for an example. You may not be paying attention much in terms of how you say what you say everyday. There are a variety of ways you can say to communicate just one thing. Your habit of saying what you usually say is your own creation, your art.
You may use a joke or sarcasm. Do you use them to make others smile and that is the only reason? Or do you use them to make yourself look good in the eyes of others? Do you use them to communicate what you want to communicate in a passive-aggressive way? Do you use them to make an offense move first towards others so others won’t pick up your insecurities? Are you choosing them because of Love or Fear?
Maybe I am thinking about these things because I feel a lot of tragic events happening in our society. Maybe a part of it is that I feel we are getting to a point of our old way (patriarchic, misogynistic, greed-driven, ego-centric needs and structures) not being able to be sustained any longer. Maybe because I feel we can use more of our own intention, attention, and power of action to create what we truly want. We can always use more Love in our life.
Instead of problems, we can focus on solutions. Instead of blaming others, we can start with what we can do. Instead of focusing on tragedies, we can focus on inspirations. Instead of feeling powerless, we can use our power on what we can change and affect. Instead of listening all external chitchat, we can listen to our inner voice. Instead of hiding all the insecurities trying to appear perfect, we can love ourselves as we are and authentically show up every moment. Instead of allowing Fear to control us, we can use our bravery to use Love.
Create the life you want. Create the reality you wish. Create the world in which you are truly happy. You cannot be a bystander any longer in your life. You must participate in your life. You must be in charge of your life. You must be in charge of your happiness. You must be in charge of your own creation.
What you have is your own thoughts, words, actions, and feelings. Create a beautiful art using them every single day. Create a wonderful art using them just now. Today. Because what you have had, what you have now, and what you will ever have is just this moment: Now.
So let us begin now. Let us create art of Love.