“Creativity is multifaceted; we have the brain level, as well as the creative process itself. The process usually involves inspiration followed by action. Where does the inspiration come from? If I was able to look into the brain, I would not find a storage space filled with poems waiting to be written or art bursting to be put on canvas. Where do the ideas form? How do they get manifested?” (D. Chopra)
Using contemplative practice, we will explore these question through experience. Many artists attest to the power of meditation and contemplation to fuel their creativity. Time alone or in silence provides us with the ground for creativity. In meditation, we use a different brain network; our ideas seem to arise effortlessly when we are attempting not to think! Self-trust, heightened awareness, and confidence are aspects of creativity developed through contemplative practice. Concentration is also centrally important for any creative endeavor. We will participate in mindful meditation practices that direct our attention and allow a choiceless awareness to give rise to our creativity.
In this retreat, we will use the tools of mindfulness to plant seeds of creativity and allow them to develop and blossom. Engaging in playfulness, meditation, the beginners mind, yoga, and several artistic mediums, including drawing, poetry, journaling and movement, allows our creative intentions to develop and bear fruit. We will also address our shadow tendencies to be overly critical and how that stunts our creativity.
Creativity is a human inheritance, not something reserved for a few special individuals. Come and try new artistic avenues to begin or enhance your creative voyage!
“For me, creation first starts by contemplation…I let my mind drift at ease, just like a boat in the current. Sooner or later it is caught by something, It gets precise. It takes shape…My next painting motif is decided.” Pablo Picasso