The other week I had the pleasure of attending a Thangka Art Day up in the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast. A Thangka is a Tibetan Buddhist painting usually depicting a Buddhist deity or mandala. Thangkas are traditionally kept unframed and instead are mounted on a silk appliqué scroll. For those who have been to our clinic would have seen the beautiful Medicine Buddha we have hanging down the end of our hallway given to us by a dear Tibetan friend. The Bhaisajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) is the Buddha of healing and medicine and is described as a doctor who cures suffering using the medicine of his teachings.
The traditional method for Thangka art is by drawing a grid using your chosen scale then marking in each diagonal horizontal and vertical line. Once the grid is complete, the first step of the teaching is to draw in the buddhas face followed by the body- all following the lines of the grid and ensuring each detail is precice and accurate. The intricate details of the drawings required deep concentration and focus where your full attention was given in each moment. Our clinic owner Jonathan, who has never enjoyed drawing actually struggled to put his pencil down when they told us to have a lunch break!
For those who have attended the Life Synergy Mindfulness workshops would have heard Jonathan encourage people to partake in creative hobbies. Creativity focuses and calms the mind and trains concentration; becoming a form of active meditation where we are immersed in the method. When our mind is practicing in this way, we are naturally residing in the present moment without any intrusive thoughts or mind chatter.
Try not to immediately believe that a creative hobby means being an amazing artist or being able to draw. I have a firm belief that anyone can express and unlock their own individual creative flair. It can be expressed through many forms- cooking, knitting, poetry, gardening, dressmaking, calligraphy, song writing, photography- there are no rules and there are so many amazing arts, instruments, recipes and traditions to be learnt and discovered. You may even unlock a passion you never would have dreamt to have. Explore the art of Creativity- it is good medicine and practicing your art will feel like deep nourishment for your mind and your heart.
Article written by Jonathan Yang
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