Creatively Engage Your Thoughts

The book the Artists Way has come up a couple times this weekend.  These were separate conversations with different people.  It seems most people have heard of the book but don’t really know what it is about.  There is a school in NYC called the Open Center and Julia Cameron is teaching a course on the Artists way.  If you haven’t heard of the book or Julia, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to look into it.  The Artists Way was recommended to me about 15 years ago from an artist friend.  The book guides the reader through a series of practices that are so simple yet, by going about them in a certain way, it taps into the creative force and engages it and invites it in for conversation.  There are no tricks or quick fixes, it simply guides the reader how to listen to the inner dialog and process it into something meaningful.

From Tricycle magazine:

I think one has to be careful not to think that meditation is about getting rid of thoughts. On the contrary, I would say that meditation helps us to creatively engage with our thoughts and not fixate on them. When people say they cannot concentrate I say “No no no, you are concentrating—too much on single thoughts!”

I think it is interesting in meditation is to start to notice all the different places that our thoughts lead us—what distracts us and what occupies our minds. It is important to notice these things in meditation because these will be the same things that occupy our minds in daily life. As we become more familiar with our thoughts in meditation, we will see how repetitive they are. We often think very similar things over and over again and it is actually rare to have what I would call a creative original thought.

Martine Batchelor, from the 3rd talk of her ongoing Tricycle Online Retreat

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