It seemed that many new experiences were being filtered through this health crisis funnel, including a Zen Calligraphy class. This is where I was introduced to the concept of painting from the "empty mind". I applied this to the tires that also went through a process that paralleled the "empty mind" state during the explosion. I started to see the explosion of my former life now as a transformation verses a total destruction. The tire fragments were now the symbolic language of the transformation.