When I created this piece, paste paper with collage, I got to the end and I thought, ‘what would two Buddhists be saying in a conversation with each other?’ Then I laughed, because of course, the point of meditation, whether done singly or in a group, is to quiet the “monkey mind” and bring peace to body and soul. So they would not be saying anything! I named the collage “At Peace.”
These days I’m thinking, how many of us are at peace? What brings true peace? One thing that I constantly enjoy is meeting nice people, and being around nice people. When this happens, I’m surprised by peace.
I interviewed a man for a newspaper article the other day, and he was so charming and accommodating. When a thought stuck him he said, “Hey! My mother has more photos, you can go over there and look at them!” I laughed, saying I didn’t even know his mother and she didn’t know me, and besides, it was 8:30 in the morning! He called her right on the spot, and sent me over to her house. She and I had a great conversation and then I stayed longer, as we began talking about other subjects. That morning was a nice sojourn, meeting the two people who were so nice.
What brings you peace?