Midlife Crisis !
Everyone goes through it .
You wake up one morning, look into the mirror and wonder when the heck did these lines appear ?When did the jaw begin to hang so ? When did the lips loose their lusciousness??!
Off you rush to a dermatologist ! Do something , you plead !
Well Aneeta M did just that !
‘Doc!’ she moaned, ‘ I hate these frown lines , placed like unwanted guests right on top of my forehead ,’’
“Please suggest some ‘Upaay’! ”
I gently explained that lines develop over time according to how much we emote , how much we use our facial muscles to express . To reduce fine lines one can apply retinol creams , have dollops of oral collagen , but to ERASE them , nothing is more effective than Botox shots once in 8 months !
No doubt ,practising placidity a la a Buddhist monk could take off a year or two .. but hey …that’s tough to do!
Aneeta listened wide eyed , asked relevant questions , then finally decided to bypass all suggestions and try a bit of facial yoga , some meditation instead. In other words , ACCEPT and stay comfortable in her skin !
Some years later she shared pictures of her visit to Cuba . The colours , vibrant pop art , pink Cadillacs on the streets made one want to board the next flight to Havana !
In all those photos , I noticed how happy , lovely and lively Aneeta looked . Travel , Art and a doting partner are a heady mix !
Lines don’t show. Glow definitely does !
And then struck the dreadful Pandemic ! The ground seemed to give way beneath our feet , ready to swallow us whole and alive . Engulfed unimaginably in fear we were ‘ locked in’ and ‘locked out’ from the breath of fresh air .
But the human spirit is made of sterner stuff . Slowly and surely we groped our way out of this quagmire ,pulling each other up , reinventing ourselves , baking bread , exercising , living in gratitude , relieved we were still alive !
6 months into the pandemic , sometime around the end of August , Aneeta decided to hold online Zen Doodling Art classes .
Zen Doodling Art … now what was that???
I am not an artist . Far from it . The closest I have been to painting is creating eyebrows by micropigmentation using a delicate vibrating needle .
But in this COVID period , I felt I could definitely do with a bit of ‘Zen’ ! With some trepidation , I signed up .
Aneetas class had me ‘hooked ‘ from the word go . She was simply FABULOUS !
She would give us each a template drawing , teach simple doodles to fill this in with and Lo and behold .. a piece of ART would emerge .
She would share tricks and techniques which she had honed in art school and draw from her tremendous experience as an established artist to fine -tune our efforts .
LUCKY US !
She interspersed each art class with interesting life anecdotes and teachings from Zen Buddhism which made us fledgling artists more centred , focussed and ready to face the uncertain morrow ….WOW !!
She gave ,she gave, she gave…. Her time , her learnings , her love.
And then the icing on the cake !
All the earnings from these art classes she gave away (100% !) in charity to pay for the treatment of street children afflicted with treatable cancer .
ART and the ART of GIViNG!
I reflected on this as I adjusted my hand painted saree .
I can now truly imagine the love in each brush stroke .
This one is done by Shubhangi Samant whose special subject is Lord Krishna .
Here she has painted the Ringan ceremony , held in July each year to venerate Vithobha ( Lord Krishna ) in Pandharpur . Lakhs of pilgrims gather to take home the soil on which the horse gallops.. ..it is auspicious to do so .
For us students , ANEETA is THIS spectacular galloping HORSE , showering sparkles of Zen dust , Zen art , Zen teachings , Zen Love in its wake !
Thankyou ANEETA !Thankyou for all you do !
Wish you a very very HAPPY BIRTHDAY !✨✨✨✨✨