When you take photographs, just before you click the shutter, your mind is empty and open, just seeing without words.
When you stand in front of a blank sheet of paper, about to make a painting or a calligraphy, you have no idea what you will do. Maybe you have some plan for a painting, or you know what symbol you want to calligraph, but you don’t actually know what will appear when you put brush to paper.
What you do out of trust in open mind will be fresh and spontaneous.
Opening to first thought is the way to begin any action properly.
– Jeremy Hayward
Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Vol. IV, #3