I am continuing to study meditation in regards specifically how art is the craft of life. I am mostly studying Andy Puddicombe’s work through Headspace. Currently I am reading one of his books called Meditation and Mindfulness. In it he talks about how meditation can bring you to be more mindful. He also talks about the ideas of approach, practice and integration in regards meditation. I see that very much for this idea that art is really just a way of thinking. That is also why I have taken to the idea of cognitive art.
In this sense, art is sculpted with the mind or perhaps better stated, crafted as life. It is so crucial that a sincere estimation of what this means be had and reflected upon. I seriously believe that when considered as art, life, through meditational practices, becomes renewed and brought into focus. It is a practice all in itself to be constantly aligning and realigning yourself with a notion that you are always influencing your life. You are always playing a creative role in what manifests in your world.
That is key. And I am sure that such things have been spoken of before in a certain sense. I have not yet found anything in the Western canon of art that poses and unpacks it in this way. It may be out there but I am not aware of it as of yet. In my own way, I am coming to know the depths and heights of how a positive attitude mixed with creative confidence can lead to bigger and brighter things in life. Also, from my conventional meditation practice, I get a sense of balance, calm, peace, stability and right action. I also draw forth compassion, kindness, happiness and a certain sense of wisdom.
I know that in this pursuit that we cannot turn away from the fact that horrible things do happen in life and that pain and suffering, whether caused by another person or otherwise, are a part of life, however my training in meditation and my experiences in life joined with an innate sense of doing right by myself and others ultimately are something that informs a sense of optimism, hope and faith in myself and the world around me. I think we have to stay true to that light if we are truly to come to life in all its fullness.
So when we say that art is the craft of life, we are saying a lot. And I believe that we are just starting to uncover a deep truth that will help guide us in our endeavors in life. Life itself, along with conceptions of life or philosophies of life or takes on life can be fickle, however I think the more we gain a sense of genuine optimism amidst the pain that we will bring forth the gem of life, the heart and the majesty. These are just words of course. I mean to say that we will be made whole in our pursuit and will arrive by becoming a path. We are each other’s expanses sometimes but we also hold infinity within ourselves as well. Art gives us a method to deal with this infinity.