Sunday, April 10, 2011

the concrete jungle of zen


'move and the way will open.'
~ zen proverb

the weather is getting nicer, the kids are getting outside... and that now means trips to the skate park... and when one arrives, they do not want to leave... 

watching the kids, many doing the same moves over and over again, i came to a great appreciation of what was going on here... mind - body balance... overcoming fears and trying new things... pushing themselves forward... 

being... 

the rhythmic sounds of wheels rolling, decks grinding, boards jumping... 

as the hours passed, my mind got to wander... both settled and energized by the young people out there who were making efforts - going home with personal triumphs and lessons learned... i got to coach nick through a new move - understanding the physics of skateboarding, i always lamely think that the kids will just be so interested to know that they are applying science at their play... (they like 'mythbusters', i try)... 

we all have things we are afraid of - things that might be looming... but just remember, it is in the practice of doing that we conquer our fears... i don't tell my kids not to be afraid - that is ludicrous... i suggest that they own it - and overcome it... and then rejoice... 

find something you fear - be it a technique or medium - and go for it... and if it all goes amiss, you learned something from that... if there is a tutorial you might want to see, let us know... in fact, you can do so now... 


skateboards and sweatshirts and pads, metal working tools, your mind, whatever you exercise - here's wishing for you something to look back upon with pride at the end of the day... 


and some days it's ok to be pleased with the fact that you just got through it... 







5 comments:

Carol said...

Marvelous post!! Brought back my own thoughts when the boys were learning BMX bike tricks, but also gave me pause, thinking about my own nemisis.
xx, Carol

rosebud101 said...

That's something I've learned, too, at the end of the day, if you made it through, it really was a good day.

Patty said...

Ahh, to be young and fearless once again. Or wait, was I ever fearless? Maybe not. Let me think about what I fear...certainly the teeny tiny seed beads, and I'm slooowly approaching them, reading, trying a few stitches. I need to jump headfirst into a real project with them, and finish it!

Kelli said...

My fear? The torch. I need to just get over it and use it. Or get a fire extinguisher to keep VERY close by. I use my little butane torch quite a bit, but it doesn't have the heat I need for some projects and ideas..... so the projects just keep getting pushed back. You're right. I need to just conquer that fear, and do it!!!

D'Arsie Manzella said...

I'm with Kelli with the torch. I conceptually know how to solder but have not actively practiced it because of a fear of blowing something up or setting fire to myself! I have sketchbook pages devoted to ideas that can only be accomplished with solder so I just need to DO it. I would love a tutorial on the very basics of soldering! :)

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