A New Year, A New Way of Doing My Journal

Updated: Jan 2

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a good Christmas and that 2020 will prove to be a great year for you.

I have been thinking about how to best share what I create. I believe, as the great Shunryu Suzuki put it, that "with the right spirit, all that we create is giving wisdom." I hope I approach what I create in the spirit he refers to, and therefore that there is a little wisdom in what you read and see in this journal.

Creativity in Zen is not just about art or writing. It is everything we do. To make the bed is to create. To breathe and notice it is creative. With each step and each moment we can and do create something. My "art" - paintings, photographs, poetry - are created within that understanding of what creativity actually is.

The image above is a photograph I took of an experimental painting in Chinese / Japanese calligraphy style, even though they're not really actual characters in any language. I just liked doing it, and that to me is the Zen way. Just do it, fully engaged, and enjoy the doing.

I'd like this new way of doing my journal to be the place I put up all my creative work and thoughts, and simply leave it here on the internet for people to browse as and when you like.

I'd love to hear your thoughts too so please do leave comments.

Warm regards and have a lovely 2020.

I'll leave you with an image I liked from this time last year; a photograph I took at Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, early in the morning with the sun about to rise, and a workman cleaning the little jetties from which the rowing boats glide into the loch. There's a beautiful feeling of stillness, and the sense that this is the world before most of humanity wakes up to it. The gull accentuates the spaciousness of nature at that time of day. Nothing is crowded or busy. And the mist slowly rising from the water is like an unveiling of the day after the darkness of night.


© 2019 by Martin Stepek.