Courage – Daily Therapy for Artists



“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!  Live the life you’ve imagined.  As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.”  Henry David Thoreau


Lost in the Music

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Today’s quote is from T S Eliot..

Music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all, but you are the music.”

I can think of times when I have listened to music and my self disappeared.  I was lost in the music and became one with it.  This quote is worth thinking about.  Can you remember times when you were the music?

Stop Thinking and Talking About It

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“Stop thinking and talking about it and there is nothing you will not be able to know.” Zen Paradigm

I have tried this and it is not easy  We seem to have a virtual conveyor belt of thoughts coming at us 24//7/365!  I guess it is up to us to pluck the thoughts which can most benefit us with good feelings and let the others zoom by.

The Action of No-Action

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My quote today is from the book “The Zen of Creativity – Cultivating Your Artistic Life” by John Daido Loori.

“In the action of no-action (wu-wei), a cardinal aspect of the true creative process is set forth.  In wu-wei, the mind is silenced and the work is allowed to express itself.”

To me, this defines the meaning of becoming purposeless in your work.

Your best work happens when it turns up all on its own.

Not Some Kind of Excitement

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“Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.” Shunryu Suzuki

Are you open-minded enough to see the hidden benefits of mindfulness?