Why I'm been thinking about whales lately: My brother told me a joke recently that involves two whales swimming into a bar. It was SO funny when he told it, so I tried retelling it to my improv group and well... no one laughed. We decided the problem was that my whale noises weren't funny. So, I've been studiously practicing my whale noises the past couple of weeks, and I suppose whales have just been on my mind.
What I was thinking about while drawing this doodle: I was imagining the water that the whale was "exhaling" through it's blow hole, was creating the ocean, which then made me think of this quote by Shunryu Suzuki:
The inner world is limitless, and the outer world is limitless. We say “inner world” and “outer world,” but actually there is just the whole world.
In this limitless world, our throat is like the swinging door. If you think, “I breathe,” the “I” is extra. There is no you to say “I.” What we call “I” is just the swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. It just moves; that is all.
When your mind is pure and calm enough to follow this movement, there is nothing: no “I,” no world, no mind nor body, just a swinging door.
Epilogue: Last night, while splashing around in the blissful waters of Olympus Spa with a good sister-friend, I told my whale joke, and she cracked up!