meditation and creativityAugust 29, 2007 | 6 Comments | Add to favorites
Am at Karme Choling right now, teaching a meditation retreat for writers. This combination of practices is magical.
Meditation practice reverses the traditional model for getting somewhere. We don’t see something out over the horizon and then put one foot in front of the other until we get there. Instead, we try to stay still and let something come toward us. The something-out-over-the-horizon sees us and we remain quiet until it gets here and identifies itself.
It helps to hold the mind in a state of not knowing. We encounter a large blank space. Something magical happens. Congruence between inner and outer worlds arises and what moves toward us is what we seek. Thoughts magnetize each other in unexpected ways. Then words come and you hear what you have to say.
About music, author Claudio Naranjo says, “real creativity happens…when the musician gives up any attempt to do anything different. Only repetition invites spontaneous variation.” This creative play, as expansive as it is contained, seems to rely simply on arriving, day after day, and making your whole body and mind empty through the practice of meditation.