Creativity as a path to inner stillness is, in my opinion, so much easier for most Westerners and therefore more beneficial than struggling with traditional systems of sitting meditation. I personally developed a meditation practice linked to the Creative Introspection process that I have practiced for decades. My Creative Meditation practice revolves primarily around two of my favorite contemplative activities; hand stitched altered cloth and focused brushwork.
Hand Stitched Altered Cloth: This is primarily for those that love the simple process of a needle pulling thread. Random, free-form stitching requires dropping any attachment to how the piece turns out. It is about losing oneself in the act of a needle pulling thread. This differs only slightly from the slow stitch movement that has become quite popular. The primary difference is that this work is is done on altered cloth that I've created myself.
Painting: I love the simplicity of black media on white paper. I use ink or black watercolor to render stacked stones, bits of nature, draped fabric, abstracts and simple, everyday objects. Keeping the work minimal and focused opens the informative nature of creative energy. With regular practice intuition increases as does the expansion of awareness. We become deeply connected to ourselves in a way that nurtures and heals us on many levels.
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