Zen Tattoos To Show The World You're Open To The Infinite
August 9, 2016|Julieta Sanguino
The unending search for meaning, the perfect balance and spirituality can be found in the shape of a circle. It’s a symbol of simplicity, integrity, and infinity. It is also known as the sumi circle, or the Enso. As part of the Zen tradition, it is a representation of our true self —a non-perfect shape— similar to our non-perfect soul.
It is always painted by hand, guided by the mental state of the person behind the stroke. A powerful Enso is balanced, and is a reflection of the good intentions of the spirit; an internal mind-set of harmony. The person painting an Enso must never close it, since it indicates an openness to infinity.
In ancient times, the Enso was painted with ink and a paint brush by Zen monks. They would sit perfectly still, meditate, and then find the perfect moment to quickly make the stroke on a piece of parchment.
This circle is considered to be the supreme Zen token, which lights the way for monks. Since the VIII century, the Enso is represented in Zen paintings, and now it has been introduced to the modern world. It is not a task exclusive to the monks, everyone can now bear this beautiful brushstroke on their skins. If you have this beautiful symbol on your body, then balance will surely become part of you.
These are some ideas to find inner peace, and balance through the Enso
The contrast between black and bright colors symbolizes the balance found in the Enso.
On the center of your back, and below your neck is the perfect place to express your spirituality.
Add some watercolor flowers to give it a more feminine touch to this Zen symbol.