Zen & the Creative Arts
July 17, 2021 @ 10:00AM — 4:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Drawing on the awareness and stillness cultivated in zazen (meditation) practice and the teachings of a seminal sutra in the Zen Tradition: the Heart Sutra, we will open our body-mind to the blank page.
The Illuminated Journal
A Zen Arts Practice on the Art of Noticing
with Sensei Jody Hojin Kimmel
Saturday, July 17 on Zoom | 10am - 12:00pm continuing at 2pm-4pm
“The journal is like a deep desk, a place to put anything and everything, without forcing it into elaborate order.” -Virginia Woolf
Journaling may be thought of as an expressive form of journey. It involves intimacy, the art of noticing and live recordings. Through the pages we can learn to read the body language of the world and gain clarity into how we perceive ourselves and how we see things. We will draw on the awareness and stillness cultivated in zazen (meditation) practice.
The kind of journal we will begin is an all-inclusive one—one that allows for actual and imagined inner and outer places and spaces. A place to deposit strong emotions, pools of color, poems, sound images, rubbings, drawn lines of a plant, cloud patterns, lists, and excerpts of dialogue among friends and strangers. We’ll explore outdoors as we are able and work in our home spaces. The juxtaposition of such apparently unrelated parts of our life may seem strange at first, but if we can just allow the expression to be wild and free as it is, the journal has a way of revealing unexpected connections. It is, after all, our whole life.
Please have readily available a blank journal that you would love to hold and work in and an assortment of mark making implements: pencils, pens, markers, watercolors, pastels. Other supplies such as scissors, glue or glue stick will be useful.
About Sensei Jody Hojin Kimmel