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Witnessing and Being Witnessed

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, In : Meditation and Creativity 
Oscar Wilde's quotation, "Most people are other people" is an interesting one. We assume that our memories are real, though they are constantly re-imagined. We believe that our perceptions of the present are accurate, though they are conditioned by our memories and habitual responses. How much of what we think is reality is based on having digested the ideas and behaviour of others, and integrating it into ourselves, as ourselves? Haven't previous generations in turn, done the same?

Many spiri...

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Artefacts in the Space of our Minds

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Thursday, December 29, 2011, In : Meditation and Creativity 
Stories rise up, bidden and unbidden, shaped or unshaped, requested or driven away. When we work with them as art, speaking them, opening them up and cradling the words, we have so many choices.

Why do we meditate before inviting these stories into the ensemble? It is to cleanse the palate of the mind, and give the story space.

Memory is constantly recreated. Time itself is not linear. We have heard this before. Time is a construct so that we mortals may make sense of our experience, but there ...

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The Beauty of Age

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, In : Meditation and Creativity 
Depth of feeling is a quality that comes from experience which has been processed, composted, and layered over time into an understanding that has subtlety, wry insight, and offers a refreshing insult to arrogance.

Just as a good soup needs various ingredients to be satisfying, tasty and nourishing, a creative effort benefits from including a topic of substance with a seasoning of whimsy, and the well-rehearsed with the gifts of the moment. Those of accumulated years may bemoan certain changes...

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Process and Product

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo copyright © 2011 on Saturday, May 28, 2011, In : Meditation and Creativity 
What makes us feel satisfied as creators? Is it the process, or the product? Or both? Ths question is especially important when we work with ephemeral arts, like improvised sound and movement. Some people just do not feel as though their efforts have been rewarded over time unless there is something to "show" for it. Others of a different temperament simply do not care. On the polarity are those whose bashfulness creates an uncertain relationship with an audience. These creators may yearn to ...
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The Wisdom Within

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo copyright © 2011 on Sunday, May 22, 2011, In : Meditation and Creativity 
Within each of us is a wealth of knowledge, power and wisdom, which can be evoked to benefit ourselves and those around us. Sometimes we forget, but as soon as we hear authentic truths, we may say, "I knew that."

Why is this so? Because within us is a world beyond our daily concerns, and it is completely available as soon as we sit down quietly to tune in,

There is a story of a Buddha statue which had been covered in dust. The dust had in time become more solid and formed a crust. This crust wa...

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