Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Long before I learned anything about chanting or mantras, I created one of my own. In the spring of 1996 I changed jobs. Moving from my first job ever, (commissioned retail sales in a camera shop) to a warehouse job where I'd be driving forklift, picking orders... I was excited for the change but also pretty terrified to be so out of my element. In the beginning, I was assigned a lot of busy work which gave my brain way too much time to worry. Pushing a garbage cart back and forth across a 500,000 square foot warehouse, I made up a saying to stay focused on such tedious tasks. "Happy, Healthy, Calm & Strong" became my mantra - one that I still use to this day.
"Om Mani Padme Om" would be one of the first Sanskrit mantras I would learn when I developed an interest in chanting for spiritual development. The Dalai Lama on the meaning of Om Mani Padme Hum: "...the six syllables, Om Mani Padme Hum, mean that in dependence on the practice which is in indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure body, speech, and mind of a Buddha."
"Healthy, Happy, Calm and Strong" was first painted with acrylic paint, the white details added with a white gel pen then a clear spray coat added over top for preservation. It is on a 10 x 10" canvas with a depth of about 3/4 of an inch- the sides of which are painted. You may choose to hang the painting as is, add additional hardware for mounting, or have the piece framed for display. You can own this original piece by purchasing it from my Etsy shop: Fee Bean Art.