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Have you guys ever heard of a Buddha Board?
Buddha Board says that it is about “Mastering the Art of Letting Go” and is “inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment”. Basically, it is a board that sits on top of a vessel that you fill with water and a simple brush.
You can then “paint” on the board with just the water. The way that it works reminds me of when rocks get wet and change colors, going from light to dark. You know how that happens?
Here is the catch and how it lends itself to “letting go” and “living in the moment”. The painting disappears! Gone. Bye.
See how it has begun to fade away? After about a minute or so the painting is completely gone.
After that you can start again. And again. And again. Always in the moment, see? Here is the struggle. You make something you love, that you want to preserve, and you can’t.
You Must Let it Go
I think this is a great tool both in art and in life.
So much of life is focused on what we produce, how quickly and efficiently we produce it, and how well we do it. Always checking the box. But not here. This helps us to practice letting go, let what will be, be and to appreciate what we have while we have it.
I love it for art making and practice. This is a very loose noncommittal way of practicing art. If you don’t like it, wait a minute and you can begin again, over and over. Also, there is virtually no mess involved as it only uses water. Love that! And, it really is so relaxing to use. Lately, I have it sitting by my computer and I paint on it while I am listening to other things at the same time. I just “Zen out” and paint while I listen.
I Have a Funny Story About This Buddha Board
I was visiting one of my best friends, Bonnie, who lives in Australia. While visiting, I brought her one in my suitcase thinking she would love it. I was so excited and eager to give it to her. I brought it all the way to Australia with me! She was gonna love it! I just knew it! She did not know of this plan, of course, as it was a surprise. Anyway, one of the days she was sitting with me near my suitcase and accidentally saw it, asking what the heck was a Buddha Board? I explained it to her, what it was, the premise of living in the moment, to which she exclaimed, “See now, I would hate one of those”. Remember, she had no idea this was a gift for her at that time.
Oh boy. Apparently, I was way wrong on the whole, “this is so cool”, factor. Here is what you need to know. Bonnie is a low-key gentle type person. But this Buddha Board? She was not having it! Not. Having. It. She was really turned off by the impermanence of it all. Make something you love only to lose it? No thank you! Work on something only to see it fade away? Nope, not interested.
Well…okay then. I giggled and sheepishly told her it was supposed to be a gift for her! But now? Well, I guess not. I was wrong. Way wrong. We laughed about it and then I packed that thing away and toted it all the way back to America with me! A few months down the track, after she thought about it for a bit, she said to me, wistfully, one day, “I sure do wish I had one of those Buddha Boards. Those things really do seem cool”. Yep, I bet you do. Too bad you, “would hate to have one of those”, and I had to bring it all the way home to America where it could live with me. It is three years later and we still laugh about that Buddha Board and, “see now, I would hate that”. I guess not.
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