When the Moment is Not the Present

simple art practices to express, reduce stress, engage peace
Monday, November 7, 7-9pm  $20

Recently a student described by-passing judgement and criticism of her work as when something "just clicks".  In my art classes students practice oscillating between the present and the moment more than any other technique. This is the invisible step in the creative process.

The moment is not the same thing as the present. The present is filled, wrapped up and decorated, waiting to be opened in the light of contrast and comparison. That's what happens on paper and in our daily lives when we check and balance what is transpiring. The moment is empty, neither incomplete or whole, beyond comparison, the moment is not the present, unrelated to past and future.  

The limits of one's creative talent or belief system does not factor into the moment.  The moment is not a level to be attained, it is not a challenging process, a skill to be developed, nor does it make any of these possible. It is what is left when we let go of these notions.  It simply is the remainder of nothing, and the practice of art is a beautiful way to know it. 

The Remainder of Nothing

It is not necessary to suffer hardship and disappointment.
Life is not good only when there is joy. 
The end of suffering is to have no means to experience it,
no attachment to what has been or ever may be, 
grounded in that which has not been and never will be.
This cannot be attained only after years or lifetimes of cumulative effort.
There is nothing you can do to deserve it.
If you need it you cannot have it.
Only when you no longer want can it ever be
Enlightenment is the remainder of not doing anything.
When the end of seeking is no longer sought,
when what is known is not needing to know,
when what is felt is freedom of the desire to feel anything else,
what remains is perfect peace in the moment.


Reds on the Greenway courtesy of Stewart Black's Photostream (no real name given) 
CC license: attribution/share alike
The Remainder of Nothing C. Pic Michel 2011

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