The conception and unfolding of a piece of art


“Enlightenment is not separate from washing dishes or growing lettuce. To learn how to live each moment of our daily life in deep mindfulness and concentration is the practice. The conception and unfolding of a piece of art takes place exactly in these moments of our daily life. The time when you begin to write down the music or the poems is only the time of delivering the baby. The baby has to be in you already in order for you to deliver it. But if the baby is not in you, even if you sit for hours and hours at your desk, there’s nothing to deliver, and you cannot produce anything. Your insight, your compassion, and your ability to write in a way that will move the other person’s heart are flowers that bloom on your tree of practice. We should make good use of every moment of our daily life in order to allow this insight and compassion to bloom.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

When I read this quote, I feel that anything is possible if we are mindful of the present everyday moments in our lives.  It is those moments that enrich our lives and make our creative expression deep in meaning and spirit.

8 comments on “The conception and unfolding of a piece of art

  1. Jen Holden says:

    Hi Karen,

    I recently finished a book by Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching. His writing is very inspirational and poetic and sincere and encouraging. To me his message is summed up when he says “You can be happy right now!” What a sweetie.


  2. artandtea says:

    I agree, Jen. He is an amazing human being. His words move me very deeply in their simplicity and their power. Nice to see you here!

  3. leah says:

    wow, what a gorgeous quote. thank you for sharing it!!

  4. artandtea says:

    My pleasure. 🙂

  5. doras_explorations says:

    Awesome quote, Karen ! And so true ! BTW, I love that photo of the crocuses, the colors are fabulous !

  6. acrawley63 says:

    Hi Karen,

    What an inspiring quote. Thich Nhat Hahn is a wonderful person. Reading his words increases my anticipation of seeing His Holiness the Dalai Lama with you next month.

    Many blessings to you.


  7. artandtea says:

    Thanks Amy! And to you as well. I know, I can’t wait, it will be an incredible experience to see him!

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