Everyone meditates differently 

Meditation is best defined as a state where the mind is silent, completely still and without distraction.  The mind is clear, relaxed, and focused inward. We aspire to achieve a state where the mind is silent and no longer distracts. 

Every individual will have their own process to get to this state of being. It’s not necessary to attain the state of inner clarity only through traditional methods.  Some may find it being lost in a pure state of bliss within their craft, or work, or music, at a concert or the opera, sitting by a brook, trekking or as a whirling Sufi dervish. It’s about switching off into a zone where every external distraction switches off one by one till you are left in a state of pure balance. 

For me this state is when I sketch. I find myself at peace and being able to blank every bit of information that wants to catch my mind. I find myself enveloped in a place of complete inner focus and stillness. 
This sketch is both my moment of being completely still and also depicting how each individual has their own mediation process. 
 

Depicting meditation 

An illustration I made over coffee yesterday where I attempted to depict what meditation is for me. 

Meditation is to spend time in quiet thought where the mind is an empty vessel. The mind learns to form a ring that keeps external chatter completely away and slowly submerge into a space of complete inner silence. 
This is the space where we uncover the purest form of who we really are.  

 

Sketches in a Singapore coffee shop

While Travelling to Singapore, I did a few sketches at a Starbucks on orchard street. It was midnight and raining outside.

While I was sketching people around me, I suddenly realised that on each table sat groups of friends busy with their phones. They were hanging out but not conversing or acknowledging each other. Smiling into their devices wrapped in its glow they hardly looked up at each other. Then they paid the bill and left.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/d3d/48217069/files/2014/12/img_4100.jpg

Here’s another page that’s an ode to coffee!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/d3d/48217069/files/2014/12/img_4273-0.jpg

And here’s one more exploration from my monk series that’s an attempt to add more color to my illustrations and also attempt a much larger format. It explores the meaning of equanimity.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/d3d/48217069/files/2014/12/img_4056-0.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/d3d/48217069/files/2014/12/img_4063-0.jpg

I haven’t been documenting everyday moments much while exploring hand lettering or doodling funny animals or monks.

Note to self: carry sketch book around and explore interesting snippets of every day life on paper.

Meditation through drawing

I am suddenly enjoying illustrating detailed stylized birds.
I started drawing owls and chickens and I am particularly enjoying the details of the feathers and doting on the fine elements. In these moments, I completely switch off and my mind is only seeing the pen ink these lines as it comes alive.

I splashed on some color in the background to make them more interesting! Great fun. More coming soon!

20140315-213053.jpg

20140315-213106.jpg

20140315-213122.jpg

20140315-213140.jpg

20140315-213202.jpg