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Art-Making, TM & the Benefits of Meditation

Image Credit:
Matthew F. Fisher

Fall Night Fell
acrylic on canvas
20 x 25"  2016
Image Credit: Matthew F. Fisher Fall Night Fell acrylic on canvas 20 x 25" 2016

Eighteen months ago, I took a four-day class to learn how to practice Transcendental Meditation. The experience changed me. The truth is, I have no way of knowing how I would have coped with Covid without having this tool in my toolkit. The noise of the world combined with an overactive brain, young business, disabled child and countless other obstacles would have been much more complex without this practice.

I often talk about the meditative benefits of art-making. The fact is, there is tons of research that talks about the brain and wellness benefits from having a committed practice of making artwork. When I’m working on something creative, I feel my breath slow and my concentration heighten during the process.

TM is also readily available to all. The filmmaker and artist David Lynch created TM.org and it is a non-profit that teaches the practice of Transcendental Meditation in the most compelling way at a very low cost. Years ago I felt that there was a stigma associated with meditation…today a lot of the most successful and thoughtful people in the world share a daily meditation practice.

It is my hope that we all learn and grow by challenging our senses and trying new things to stimulate new ways of thinking. Art + Meditation is a profoundly important combination for all people of all ages…