Contemplative Practice and Creative Process
Resources for your own journey…
As a dedicated yoga and meditation practitioner for the past 25+ years, I’ve explored in depth the relationship between contemplative practice and creative process.
Here are two titles to add to your own library.
Creative Process as Pilgrimage
Making art was a natural extension of the spiritual path I’ve navigated for the past 25+ years. Settling the mind enough to learn to see is a prerequisite for an authentic creative practice.
Creativity arises naturally when you stop striving to achieve something.
Pilgrimage as Creative Path A pilgrimage is always at the least two things–a literal journey and a spiritual journey. Though it involves a geographical moving about, it also requires a psychological shift of the deepest sort.
Pilgrimage can mean a day-trip to a holy shrine, or it can denote a metaphorical journey lasting decades. It is above all a psycho-spiritual journey, usually to a place of religious significance or to meet a master of wisdom, with elements of both the inner and outer journey.
Toward A Secret Sky is a guide for pilgrims that shares stories from the field. In it you’ll find practical tips and guidance for embarking on your own pilgrimage, as well as writings evoking the setting and mood of a transformational journey.
Ashtanga Yoga as Daily Practice
Ashtanga Yoga For Beginner's Mind is a primer for anyone who wishes to learn the fundamentals of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
This is more than just a book about yoga for beginners.
I wrote this book in response to students who were asking me for a practical guide to the primary series, while also hoping for a clear path to the state of meditation that results from deep ashtanga yoga practice.