by Nick Andrea
Art is not limited to the artist. It is also the providence of the pilot, the computer programmer, and the environmentalist, because art is presence. It is every moment we selflessly trust ourselves.
Art is our life in this moment – cooking dinner, walking the dog, drinking tea – and every human who acknowledges this truth is an artist.
Presence is experiencing the ups and downs, the ins and outs of life and not taking them personally, but rather, seeing them as the tapestry of this great artwork called “my life.” It is not letting the downs compel us to “get a real job,” nor is it letting the highs lead us to believing there’s nothing to do.
Art is throwing away the neurotic obsessions and the compulsions – the control – and surrendering to the flow, which in this moment may be painting, or writing a blog post, or going to the bathroom. It may even be trusting this lower back spasm to let ourselves rest, or letting the kitchen remain dirty for another evening because we’ve just come home from a long day at work.
Life is a canvas, and anybody who lives with presence is the painter. What is the art of your moment right now?