The Zen Art of Playing Dead Beetles

Today, I’ll be sharing some pearls of wisdom, assuming the role of a metropolitan Lama, to discuss an unconventional survival technique— the art of playing dead beetles. Many moons ago, a wise friend introduced me to this concept, and since then, I’ve honed this craft. I last employed it on a Sunday stroll along the canal when an unfamiliar lady attempted to engage in relentless conversation. But let’s start from the beginning. This technique likely has Eastern origins but isn’t bound by such. It’s used when feeling tired, demotivated, or stressed, akin to soul stretching or, as you prefer, psyche, mind, brain… Here’s how it goes: Visual thinking, mimicking an animal playing dead without actually being dead. Nobody notices, nobody pays attention, and they’ll leave you alone. The impending problem passes by, almost touches it, but doesn’t strike. Men are naturally inclined to play dead beetles; usually at their PCs, answering while not actually listening — a small example of unconscious practice. The aim is to turn it into an art, a lifestyle, with mindfulness and discipline. Typically, you’d use this tactic with loved ones or during moments when you’d rather avoid hassle. “Surrender” or “Playing Dead Beetles” can be an exceptional tool when employed wisely and skillfully. It’ll leave you feeling as fresh as a dew-covered rose, melting away tensions, including those highly stressful scenarios, like the old lady at the supermarket queue who insists on cutting in line. Ah, but that’s a different city Zen sutra altogether…


Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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