Exploring Life was launched in January 2021 and is in the early stages of development. The articles are organized into five categories. Within each category you can browse articles by topic. Subscribe to the newsletter to be notified of new articles.
1. A Creative Practice
A creative practice is the foundation for deep creative work. Deep creativity begins in the space between the thoughts, feelings and intuitions of inner life and the situations and circumstances that form our personal life space in the outer world. Practice refers to the quality of engagement and interaction we bring to the experience of being alive. In this sense, a creative practice is a choice to turn directly into the full force of your own life and create something beneficial for self and others at the same time.
- Aging is a Fierce Advisor
- Aging: A Frontier of Belonging
- Aging: The Art of Acceptance
- Reclaiming the Right to Become Old
- Time is Your Most Precious Resource
Ideation is the foundation of a creative practice. Ideas provide the essential raw material for creative work. Ideation begins with a firm intention to create something of value in the world. It is the process of ideation, not the result, that matters most. We facilitate ideation by developing skills including concentration, focus, discernment, pattern recognition, incubation, awareness, mindfulness, and meditation.
- On Enduring Difficult Situations
- Refuse a Return to Normal
- Turn Away
- Within Your Vulnerability is Wisdom
- Your Own Voice
Transformative Journal Writing
Projects infuse ideas we value most with intention and potential. They provide a space to experiment and improvise with ideas you value. The essence of a project is quality of engagement with creative work and stimulate flow. Genuine creative work infuses your spirit with an innate sense of purpose, energy, and fulfillment. The product of outcome of a project is secondary to the creative experience, but the results of your creative work are shared with others in some manner. In this sense, a project is a bridge between your inner life and the outer world.
Life Inside a Pandemic
- Inside Pandemic Stress
- Isolation: A Faculty for Understanding
- The Liminal Frontiers of COVID-19
- Anxiety as Faithful Companion
- What to Remember About Mental Health
- The Wisdom of Control
Collaboration brings your creative work out into the open and provides a way to connect with others. In a deep sense, creative work is ultimately about cultivating relationships. This demands the courage to share your work in the spirit of building an expanded sense of community in your life. Genuine collaboration grounded in the spirit of friendship not competition. In its highest form, collaboration culminates in the wisdom of belonging.
Interview: An Artist’s Journey Series
The culmination of a creative practice is the development of personal wisdom. Deep creative work constantly broadens and expands the experience of being alive. Against this backdrop of constant personal growth, we recognize that our time here is fleeting and fragile. The most we can hope for in life is to leave something valuable and practical in the hearts and minds of the loved ones and friends we must leave behind. Our body becomes compost for the earth, but the spirit of our presence can contribute to the lives of our loved ones that continue on without us.
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