For January's bookclub we read
A Tale For The Time Being.
If you would like to join us for next months book club, and be inspired to make art from what we read, join my GoodReads group. It is free. I do this to force myself to finish books.
There was a lot of imagery to choose from but I went with the Japanese school girl and her jaded outlook on life, contrasted with her attraction to kawaii culture. I too am drawn to the bright colors of Japan's Manga culture, and also the happy faces of kawaii, but I am not ignorant of why they are so appealing. I, like the main character, and like the hostesses in the Lovely Apron Cafe, have seen a lot of dark in my life. I now need frills and girly stuff and sweet images to help me get through the day.
The books underlying message is repeated often through the subtle teachings of a Buddhist nun. The "Time Being," is a play on words. We are all Time, beings. We exist in time, and then we do not exist. And the point of the Time Being is to Live. Not to contemplate death, but live our lives, in each moment, fully. To be fully present. To take our time, to slow down, and be there. And if our present moments are truly horrible, like some moments for Nao in the book, then we learn how to cultivate compassion for ourselves and activate our SUPAPOWA! Which is to meditate and be at peace no matter what is going on.
The book also talks about how everything is the same. Like, there is no difference between a surfer and a wave. The wave exists, it peaks, and it crashes and disappears. The surfer is born our ot nothing, lives his life, and then dies and disappears. Anything can be looked upon in this way until you see there is no difference between you and anything, between you and a mountain, between you and Hello Kitty, between you and what is going on around you. We are born, we live, and we recede.
February's book is The GoldFinch.