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The November of Ensos – how about joining?

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This is my first ever enso. Not a typical one Definition wise but I used up leftover acrylics there and painted in long circular movements….

 

 

So today is Halloween Day  – actually I am hearing a bunch of Kids rehearsing their trick or treat rhymes from outside as we speak. And it’s also – well, as you all know – the last day of October.

In a wonderful circle of creative People I have drawn and painted almost each day of October thanks to Tara Leaver’s “31 days of playful drawing” Project, also see recent Posts, which will get an update pretty soon.

As the everyday-creativity feels very healthy and makes my life richer in many ways, I decided to find a new Project in November. Let’s have a look at November for a moment… Many People find it a wet, foggy, cold, grey month.

Now, let’s reframe November:

mystic? Yes, I think so, thanks to the foggy mornings. A gift for photographers by the way.

Lots of invitations to get the candles out.  To find a lovely spot for fairy lights.

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a time for cocoon, maybe, to catch a big breath before the Christmas crazyness begins. And speaking of “breath” – how about refreshing your Meditation / mindfulness practice if you are interested?

Besides sitting Meditation the Enso painting is a way to do this. And *bam* – there we are in the middle of what I want you to invite you to.

Enso

What is an enso?

An enso is a hand-drawn circle. Traditionally it’s drawn in one, (fluent) movement, not too slow, but definitely not fast. Moderately, a mindful circle comes to life. 

Some buddhist monks have giant brushes, big as brooms, to draw an enso on a big table-cloth sized surface on the ground, it’s very fascinating to watch this as it is a whole-body experience. If you have the opportunity and a room, I highly recommend trying this.

What is an enso and what does it mean?

Enso is a japanese term which means circle. It corresponds to the wabisabi concept. If you look at photos of enso, see inserted links below, you see the opening of the circle as a typical trait and the obvious fact that it’s not made with any kind of compass. The drawing wants to remind of the imperfection which is an inherent part of our existence. It also stands for enlightenment, strength, the universe and the Buddhist understanding of the void (meaning, in very short terms not an emptiness but the lack of “not-connectedness” of things and beings)

How about a November of Ensos?

So, here is the Basic idea:

For each day of November, we will take a good ten minutes out of our busy days, sit down, light a candle maybe, and drawn an enso.

What do we need?

Here are my recommendations – but you are totally free to choose whatever art supply you feel drawn to, just stick to a brush or maybe your fingers, not a pen.

  • a thick brush, a round tip
  • a thick paper, at least 100g/square metre
  • a quiet space
  • a table where you can move your arm without stopping

Making it a meditative practice – further ideas

Here is how I will go about my daily enso practice:

-lighting a candle, probably even finding a candle which will stay at this spot for every enso drawing day of November.

-lighting incense

-sitting with a straight, yet relaxed back

-breathing deep and watching my breath for at least 3 in- and outbreaths

-then slowly taking the brush, dipping it in the colour of my choice and drawing an enso.

 

Further creative Ideas are:

– if you feel especially crafty, of course it’s fantastic to prepare a few backgrounds.

– to do so, choose acrylics or watercolour and paint the backgrounds with them so you have a few waiting for the next ensos to come.

-if you have A5 index Cards, These are great for ensos, too. and they are small enough to Frame or hang a collection of your favourites.

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Not an enso but a natural circle which always inspires me for ensos

 

-I am planning to paint a few dark backgrounds, maybe dark marroon or dark Petrol blue, and paint a White enso .. just one way to Experiment with colour combinations.

If you feel like joining, please feel free to drop a comment and maybe a photo Gallery contact info, maybe us interested People can blog-link each other to Exchange. I am very much looking forward to Hearing from you!

To see you off, here are a few inspiring Impressions from Thich Nhat Hanh’s beautiful artwork:

http://www.thichnhathanhcalligraphy.org/newyork/

http://plumvillage.org/news/calligraphic-meditation-the-mindful-art/

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Inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thoughts on the book ‘Buddhistische Lebenskunst’ [~Buddhistic Art of Living] by Matthias Ennenbach

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This post is written with a good handful of enthusiasm, thankfulness and ..hopefully…also mindfulness. It’s about a book to which I have been looking forward for quite a while, which has made me curious and very certain that it will be as amazing as all the other publications by Matthias Ennenbach.

The new book was released at the end of May, so just a few weeks ago. It’s about applying buddhistic teachings for your inner liberation in everyday life, as the subtitle of the book says.

So now, what is meant by inner liberation?

What it is not:

-it’s not a denial of all material aspects in the modern world.

-it’s not about shaking off all emotions

-it’s not about letting go of everything, because, well, does it matter at all?

This book introduces the basic buddhistic teachings, such as the Four Noble Truths and manages to put them into the context of our modern, western, everyday life and the challenges arising out of this. The first part of the book explains, why people in our western society are able to ‘make profit’ of buddhism – for example by getting to know the origins of our thoughts. Knowing about our inner mechanisms, such as attaching (not accepting impermanence), resistance or ‘confusion’ you can start to observe your mind mindfully.

How does this work? Matthias Ennenbach explains how developing a stable Meditation practice will help to “examine” your mind and to become aware of your inner patterns much sooner. He says, very clearly, that it isn’t about liberating yourself of emotions but amidst your emotions. Quite unlike other publications which stop by explaining why meditation makes sense, the author stresses how important it is to apply the insights of your meditation practice to your social- and work-life.

The book offers a sort of reframing of the way you look at problems but also to the way you look at positive life events. Positive life events can turn into something painful and stressful as well, when you take them for granted, if you do not accept the impermanence of them or by wanting more and more and more of it. Problems in our lifes are often caused by the way we judge a situation. Or rather, by adding a judgement to everything we perceive, for example ‘The water is cold – it sucks I can’t go Swimming. How bad’ instead of just thinking “Today the water is cold’.

In ‘Buddhistische Lebenskunst’ you find a very effective, very harmonic and structured way to reflect on your personal inner patterns (which lead to behavioral Patterns and finally form your character. The good new is: a change of direction IS possible!).  How does it work? Matthias Ennenbach introduces exercises and questions to ask yourself throughout the book to invite you to a more mindful life. He also stresses that everything he says about Buddhism (just like the Buddha said to his students) can be experienced by trying. It is not about just blindly following a dogma, it’s about acting and experiencing.

Just like the other 5 books the author released so far, this one is a real gem, a treasure of sorts and you can tell how much professional experience and how much of a deeply felt philantrophy made this book come to life.

And just like the other books this one, I mean, my copy, is a young, yet a proud carrier of sticky-notes already – and very likely to be read repeated times!

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Neuerscheinung ans Herz gelegt: Ennenbach, Matthias. Buddhistische Lebenskunst. [Recommended Book Release: “Buddhistische Lebenskunst” ≈ buddhistic art of living by Matthias Ennenbach]

As this book was just released in Germany, I will write the following thoughts in German only.

IMG_1754 (566x800)Vor wenigen Tagen ist ein neues Buch des Autors (und buddhistischem Psychotherapeut, und Seminarleiter) Dr. Matthias Ennenbach erschienen, “Buddhistische Lebenskunst. Mit dem B-Prinzip zu innerer Befreiung”.   Nach den fünf grandiosen Vorgängerwerken von Matthias Ennenbach  kann ich nicht anders, als dieses Buch auch ans Herz zu legen…auch wenn ich erst die  ersten 70 Seiten gelesen habe.  70 Seiten genossen… und 4 Post-its gesetzt bei wunderbaren Passagen (diese werden in meinem “positive-input-Journal landen…)

Hier einen Ausschnitt aus dem Umschlagstext:

“Gerade in unserer hektischen Alltagswelt entdecken immer mehr Menschen den Buddhismus für sich. Denn der Buddhismus bietet ein in sich schlüssiges Konzept zur Selbstorientierung und -Verankerung und damit Halt und Hilfe auch in Krisensituationen. Matthias Ennenbach eröffnet einen neuen Zugang zur buddhistischen Lehre, der die alte Weisheit im modernen Leben anwendbar macht. Anschaulich führt Ennenbach vor Augen: Die Ursachen für die meisten unserer Probleme liegen in uns selbst – und genau hier können wir ansetzen, um unser Leiden aufzulösen und es künftig zu vermeiden. Dies wird mit der eigens vom Autor entwickelten Methode möglich: Lebensnah und praktisch vermittelt das ‘B-Prinzip’ konkrete Maßnahmen, um eine achtsame und bewusste Lebensführung zu kultivieren – zu unserem eigenen Wohl und zum Wohl unserer Mitmenschen”

Gut, dass ich noch genug Post-it’s habe, denn die werde ich brauchen. Da ich finde, dass ein solches Buch es selbstverständlich verdient  ganz gelesen zu werden, bevor es ausführlich besprochen wird…und weil eigentlich jetzt auch weiterlesen möchte… : )… schließe ich hier mit dem link für nähere Informationen und der von Herzen kommenden Empfehlung: tut euch etwas Gutes, lest dieses Buch…und (noch) andere des Autors, es ist Lebensqualität, sich damit zu beschäftigen !!

http://www.randomhouse.de/Buch/Buddhistische-Lebenskunst-Mit-dem-B-Prinzip-zu-innerer-Befreiung/Matthias-Ennenbach/e423550.rhd?mid=1&serviceAvailable=true#tabbox

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