Six weeks ago, when we were all advised to shelter at home, I decided to add something to my morning prayer journaling practice: Enso, a Japanese art form akin to calligraphy. A traditional Enso is a one-stroke circle painted with Sumi ink on rice paper. I do at least one Enso every morning upon awakening, and have fallen in love with the practice.
For those who may be interested in trying this mindful technique, start with the brush at the bottom of the page, breathe in while forming the left half of the circle, and breathe out while forming the right half of the circle. Since prayer is an important part of my morning ritual, I silently say “Dear God, please bless those I love” as I move the brush from the bottom to the top of the circle, and add “and bless those they love” as I complete the circle.
Creating an Enso as part of my daily spiritual practice has not only helped me stay grounded in gratitude, but has helped me learn to appreciate imperfection as I seek beauty in each circle.
I lettered this week’s prayer “May you RISE ABOVE the challenges of this day” directly on the Enso. Last Shabbat I shared an Enso for the first time, and thought I’d share another one tonight. Let me know if you’d like to see more!
As always, you are welcome to share.