The Stroke of the Artist


The reason everything looks beautiful is because it is out of balance,

but its background is always in perfect harmony.

This is how everything exists in the realm of Buddha nature,

losing its balance against a background of perfect balance.

Shunryu Suzuki

If I look closely at the painting that is my life, its background is in perfect balance, allowing me to lose and regain myself moment after moment.

I am the artist’s brush, swirling with my color of choice, stroke after stroke on the canvas that is my moment in Buddha nature.

Buddha nature does not allow me to slide through my life or it does. The choice is mine. In any given moment, it is up to me how aware I am.

Life is ever in flux, neither ending nor beginning only being–not a snapping of photographs or a study in stillness but a series of scene changes, the stroke of the artist.

That is the life experience, brushstrokes against the background of Buddha nature.

Aim for Even posts offer equanimity in daily doses. No day or dose is ever the same, even if the aim is. You may read about the origins of Aim for Even here or on this site’s About page. 

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  1. very much like the Tai Chi classes that Laura and I are taking. the background is always balance but the foreground, our bodies, are always moving, shifting, floating like clouds in the sky from one position to another, never stopping.


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