Music, meditation, creation
As they were talking about the brains of monks, and of teaching children how and when to use meditative techniques, and noting that, as Davidson remarked, the word mediation is like the word sport in that it covers a lot of approaches and techniques, I was thinking about how meditation plays out in the practice of being an artist.
Creating a piece of music, interpreting another’s composition, writing a story, deciding how to play a character, making a photograph, or a painting, or a bowl or a quilt - -- acts of creation such as these are also meditation, I think. They are places where the contemplative and active strands of meditation twine into each other. Artists of all sorts often have practices of mediation as part of their daily lives, and as part of specific preparation, reflection, and thanksgiving before and after making something, as well.
Then there’s the whole communicative aspect of this creative meditation, as well: the effect the art has on the listener, viewer, and reader.
Music, meditation, creation, reflection -- all part of the well of creative practice.
Music to go along with these ideas
winter meditation: aine minogue
India to Indiana in song and image
Hanneke Cassel: For Reasons Unseen
and a thought about architecture as meditation
on Renfrew Street in Glasgow