My Thoughts on Love, Humility & Spirituality within the Arts.
It Starts With Love. A love for an art form, whether it be singing, playing an instrument, dancing — this love is the force that allows us to embrace a vision of what we can become, transcend our fears and limitations, and have faith that our vision will become a reality. One of India’s greatest poets, Rabindranath Tagore, once said “it is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.”
Art Is Humbling. Being involved with music, my ego may occasionally get the best of me and have me living in the past, proud of previous accomplishments — but that never lasts too long. If it does, I will lack focus and the music will suffer, and I love it too much to let that happen. In this way art can eliminate any addictions to praise and reassurance. It
is humbling and that is so beautiful. Humility allows the artist to learn from anyone, regardless of their age or level ofexpertise. It eliminates our ego’s false projections of ourselves which create overconfidence or insecurities, and helps us focus on who we are at this very moment. This awareness can make our work honest and pure.
Art Is Meditative. I’ve learned meditation at a few spiritual retreats, and my personal experience is that meditation is not an activity I do, but rather that there are certain conditions that allow me to become more meditative. What I mean is that I can practice the techniques I’ve learned, but it is not necessary that I will enter a meditative state of calmness and clarity. Art changes that! When I practice the piano or sing, I realize that it’s easier to turn off the chatter in my mind and focus on something beyond words. I am then more likely to sit or lie down and observe my body, where I naturally become meditative — the right conditions were created.
I truly believe that love, humility, and the longing for spiritual enlightenment, among other things, are all part of our essential nature. More importantly, I believe that these are forces that only get stronger as we deepen our connection to our art form. I also believe these forces are already radiant within us, but that there are layers of ego dimming its light. I’ve found that when the ego breaks down, we become subtle and more present. Our art becomes soulful and brings people together. I have experienced this as a listener too, where the singer or musician’s performance awakened something within me and made me feel elated. In those moments, I could not be distracted. Even simply as a listener, I felt like I was one with the art form. Now that’s a good performance!
For all you Montreal & Toronto artists that are following us, we’re grateful for your support and I pray that your work may spread love and be a spiritually uplifting experience 🙂