Purple Shirt 2
Oil on panel
We tend to fall naturally into ways of thinking, feeling, and being/doing. We all develop comfortable patterns within these three life elements. But essentially, we are really sleepwalking through life by following our unconscious thoughts. I recall while being at a very cool party in the Corralitos Hills, full of artists, poets, writers, Zen practitioners, stoners, trekkers, sailors, and musicians (my crowd!), I had a conversation with a fellow who was a Buddhist. He said, “We go through life like we are taking a shower. We adjust the temperature of our thinking, feeling and doing. If we find ourselves thinking about something that is unpleasant, then we find a distraction to occupy our thoughts in that moment.” This act is like adjusting the water in the shower so it’s not too hot, or too cold.