People often talk of art imitating life and vice-versa. The practice of mindfulness can turn your life into a work of art. With awareness, each action and thought becomes both deliberate and natural.
Sort of like watching a great film, the Zen mind navigates its world through a constant embrace of the current frame. Do you have chores to do? Do them wholeheartedly. This sounds silly, but it is simply the practice of living your life fully. If you have laundry to do, do it like it’s the last thing you’ll ever do.
If you are feeling professional malaise, try to immerse yourself fully in your work as if it is an extension of yourself— it is! As you grow more mindful and learn to train your breathing to remain consistent in all scenarios, each moment will become a new opportunity to live fully. Your life will become your art, and every little action will have more significance than you could have previously realized.
Marcel Duchamp, one of the most pioneering visual artists of the 20th century, said it well: “I like living, breathing better than working…my art is that of living. Each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral, it’s a sort of constant euphoria.”