Artistic practice and meditation practice make fine companions. They are mutually complementary, one illuminating what may not be apparent in the other. This interplay is useful in exposing deception, perception’s twisted sister. Drawing a simple object enhances our ability to see while simultaneously revealing how inaccurately we see. Meditation practice stabilizes the mind while simultaneously revealing how skittish the mind is. In my classes at Naropa University I recommend alternating between sessions of meditation and sessions of drawing. It is only a matter of time before the two meet, like long lost twins separated at birth.
February 5, 2012