I am excited to announce a project I have been working at developing behind-the-scenes since January: Contemplative Creative.
For a while now the idea of turning a philosophical lens on the field of creativity has been percolating in my mind. Given how I tend to navigate through life, it has been a natural part of my daily musings and activities, whether through my struggles and successes in the multimedia industry, or chats with friends and colleagues over warm cups of coffee (or, being perfectly honest, a few beers).
A foundation of philosophical study laid in university, mishmashed with my awareness practice of meditation, has brought me to seeing things in a different way than others, as I rise up to meet the challenges of creative entrepreneurship. I don’t claim to be entirely original, just to speak from my heart rather than regurgitate other people’s ideas. As C.S. Lewis put it so well:
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
Since I have been doing a fair amount of work with audio lately (working with musicians, interviews, and live event coverage), I decided that a great way to push my musings out into the world would be as a podcast. As an avid podcast listener, I don’t know why I didn’t hop into the podcast world sooner – well, turning the mic around on myself is certainly outside of my comfort zone – but I think the questions, thoughts and critiques that fill my brain and conversations with others are worth putting out into the wider community.
Questions of ethics, creative responsibility, and trying to understand how everyday actions fit into the bigger picture of things – these have all come up naturally in my life as I refine what I do as a creative professional and continue to strive to do my work better. I know that I am not alone; this podcast project is where I hope to open up these ideas beyond myself and share them with fellow creatives in a way that is accessible and still meaningful. Even if you don’t define yourself as a classical artist (“photographer,” “painter,” etc.) we all have moments where we get to be creative, whether it is figuring out what to make for dinner or how to solve a dispute at work. The creative life applies to us all, and I hope the ideas put forth can help us to live more intentional, satisfying, and conscious lives.
I begin this project not knowing exactly how it will evolve, but I know that it will: nothing ever stays the same and in this I always see potential.
My fellow creatives: please subscribe in iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts and together let’s see what this can be!
Often tucked away in a box this microphone is now a staple on my desk with my commitment to record and release a new audio podcast for Contemplative Creative every two weeks.