FEP ( = Flying Elephant Project)
Day 6 – Saturday September 14th 2013
Today, “seek to enjoy not to possess” – Nana Vearyit
It is not selfish to lead a happier life. In reverse the happiness you carry will be shared with others through your being. When you are happy you will have the urge to share this with others. It is hard to keep your happiness to yourself. Happiness is contagious.
Challenge for your mind:
My biggest challenge in doing art was and still is, to allow myself doing what I love to do. Especially when I have in mind on how much suffering there is in the world. I often feel guilty to seek my own inner happiness. Spending the time to create makes me a much more balanced and content person, even though struggle in creating is the companion. I deeply believe, that becoming and being a content happy person can help to make this world a better place, because it opens our heart and makes us more compassionate people.
There is a dharma talk on Zencast by Jack Kornfield which I listened to last night while I was unable to fall asleep. It sums it all up and brings it to the point. The talk is rather long (about an hour) but worth taking the time…
challenge to practice:
Enjoy today something you are normally only allowing yourself on a special days. This can be: pick or buy for yourself a flower, wear your special Sunday rope (including shoes), wear a skirt or shirt you have only for special days and love, a lipstick which makes you feel fancy, do your hair differently, treat yourself to a special piece of chocolate… Allow to be the special person you are!
challenge to getting lost in time:
create your personal identity card:
a. give yourself a phantasy name, something which makes you proud. Be careful to not become sarcastic.
b. use a symbol or more which will remind you on the list of 10 crazy things from the day 3 challenge on Wednesday
c. sketch your face on it.
keep this ID card in your wallet for at least four weeks.
At the end of this week I want to thank you all for being part of this creative week!!! Who knows perhaps we will do this soon again or we will meet here in Southern France at some point.