I am by no means an expert on mindfulness meditation but the question comes up time to time from my artist friends and other co-workers. So I wanted to post a website and some good books that relate to meditation and mindfulness as an artist for others. I learned how to meditate daily and incorporate that into my creative works in a class called Every Day Art when I was attending UNM. It wasn’t so much about creating art everyday as learning a meditation practice to calm your mind and open yourself prior to creating artwork or if you are just having a stressful period in your life. It’s amazing what 20 minutes of meditation can do you for you daily. My professor used to say if you are thinking you are way to busy to meditate those are the days you need to do it the most.
I’ve included the text books we worked with in class in this thread. “True Perception: The path of Dharma Art” and the “Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life” are my favorites out of the bunch but they were all helpful in so many ways. Plus we didn’t read these books straight though from beginning to end my instructor focused on sections that were pertinent to our time in class. They are worth having on hand as helpful guides.
I also wanted to include a website that lists out the basics of practicing mindfulness. It seems so utterly simple but it can be difficult no matter how many times you’ve done it. I was very strict in the beginning to set up a routine and place (Zafu on Zabuton in my studio) but I’ve found myself meditating while waiting at the doctor’s office or at work waiting for an animation render to complete. So it is up to the individual.
I have not yet tried the above mentioned books but I did try the website CZ mentioned and it was pretty great. I could not have asked for a simpler explanation. I’ve tried the method a few times now and I like it.