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Sometime mid-last year I started practicing secular meditation. I made no promises, but I said I would start with 3 minutes and do my best to stick to it. To my surprise, it has become a daily practice of 10-20 minutes a day, that has enriched my life tremendously and even influenced my art. I have developed this sort of ritual in which I write down all the clutter that’s on my mind on a sheet of paper. After meditation I then write a letter to myself, which I put away and don’t read until days later, when I come across it again. I thought this one was quite encouraging and felt this desire to share with you:

 

Dear Franck,


   Be your beingness. Not just a body-mind, but a limitless spirit going through this realm having experiences and releasing the ideals and belief-systems imposed upon you without your consent. Looking for purpose does not always mean moving forward. Searching can also mean being stuck in one place looking for something that can only be found by starting the journey.

  Employ the past, take what you need from it to grow and create, but don't dwell there. If you want change, be the change, and things will change for you and around you. You'll find that in some cases the only thing that needed to change was your perception. Life and the universe are constant change and motion. Change is the only law in the universe and not accepting that is the reason the world is always in such chaos.

  Each day is an opportunity to live, start and create. There's no perfect way to live. If you wish you had a perfect life, you're not living, you're comparing. Your beingness, your life, your journey are unique; just as each being around you and their experiences are unique. You can share your journey, but It's not your job to make them see what you see. You can share your journey, but never attempt to control people's experience on this earth. I will bring you misery.
   If you lack something, give something. But learn to give something you still consider of value and that you'd still use. Expect nothing in return and expect nothing from anybody at all. That way the surprises will be boundless. Let the God of your heart reveal what/who/if he or she is each day. You can't deny air exists just because you don't see it. You breathe. But don't make a false evil idea of anything, based on those who claim to see, know, follow and worship.

  Not everyone is willing and open to look into their own souls, because it means change and taking action. So they project fear and harsh belief, in the name of an authority figure to feel better by controlling other people's experience. It's their experience and journey, not yours. Whatever god is, you'll discover it can't be contained to/by one idea, building or group. It is limitless, constant movement. Not just one spirit in a specific place. Not everything in life is an epiphany. If you're having a bad day, it's probably because you're still human. So be really kind and tender to yourself and others in that moment. Be your beingness. You f^ck up, you learn. Let it go.
   The only mantra you'll ever need is "I love myself" repeat it constantly. It's not selfish. The instrument must be in tune before it can play for others. The more in tune the instrument, the better the tune. The better you are, the better those around you will be.

 


Spiritual Contrast - 2018  Acrylic on canvas 18" x 30"