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The myth of the suffering artist

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

If I think about this in context with daily life, people across the world, there are far many folk whose seeking to alleviate their suffering by doing actions which inadvertently create suffering on another. It is a complicated web of difference in value, perspective and privileges. There is not a moment the most basic things in life can create the most profound joys. And yet it is such a quick to forget situation for many serving the endless well of need.

There has long been a myth of the suffering and tormented artist. Yet I have found meditation, movement practice, and gratitude are the most useful of tools in any creating endeavour in art and life. More and more I find less and less value in sharing and kind of concept of torment. Those who feel as if they are somehow immune to having created suffering may often quickly find themselves unable to sit still and sit still at ease with themselves for more than a few minutes. The more I/you are able to sit with yourself and my/your breath, the more direct contact I/you grow with my/your inner suffering, the more able I/you become in practising awareness, and this awareness-a sense of critical distance as another phrase for considered observation-is an incredible tool toward creating. And when there is creating. There is no need for control, dominance, or power. Creating is the ultimate unending force in our existence.

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