The Self Help Treadmill and more

Yes, I’m a seeker, sometimes an impatient one. And like the rest of us, I’ve been struggling to find Happiness for years. Befuddled by how to handle what life threw at me, I found myself on the spiritual path rather early- at age 26. I trod cautiously, with more anticipation than faith.

And soon enough, I was an avid consumer in the Self Help industry! The more I read, the more I discovered that every star guru said the same thing. And it was all derived from ancient religious scriptures!

So there! I’ve said it! They just gave it their own names and sold it with different titles. To be fair, it was ‘translated’ in simple, palatable terms, making it easily applicable in our everyday lives.

So after maybe a hundred books, Youtube videos, talks and lectures, I have learnt to be discerning. Now I know a spiritual quack when I see one. But I still struggle everyday, though I have discovered my own methods of finding my spot of joy in my day.

And since I’m an artist, humorist and writer, I started the MokshaShots series in 2008. (In eastern philosophy, Moksh means Salvation. A MokshaShot is a taste of the sublime. Each of us can make our own MokshaShot out of anything we find fulfilling).

I’ve decided to share my MokshaShot of the day, here on this blog as often as I can. Hopefully I will be able to help someone out there with theirs or just find an understanding listener. And be a happy listener myself.

 

In my painting, I have explored multiple thought processes whilst making work- the intuitive approach, the analytical approach, the critical and satirical view. Concurrently, I delved into philosophy, psychology and the history of painting.

My approaches changed as events in my life unfolded, changing my worldview.

Ultimately, it boiled down to choosing the state of mind I am most comfortable living with and even enjoying. This is when I had my ‘ah ha’ moment, my MokshaShot for the day!

I decided to just let go. And play. I like how this feels 🙂

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I’m continuing to play with form, fragments of memory and images. It feels good to draw these images spontaneously and uninhibitedly from the subconscious. It’s a (witty) dialogue with my mind…a kind of self-discovery.

Its good to be aware, alert about how the mind processes thoughts and what it is processing. It’s interesting (though sometimes aggravating as well!) to watch the patterns it slips into.

It’s challenging to try to change the unwanted ones. But then that is where awareness and meditation come in.

The Mind is always a work in progress and so it will be, until we get to Moksh!

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