CREATE by Lauren Hanna

I am so excited each month to explore the new postings in the Sonic Creative
section of our Newsletter. Witnessing the abundant creative energy of our
community gives me such great joy. Creativity is one of the powerful gifts of Yoga. It is the first phase of the Karmic cycle and aligned with the potency of birth.
We all have the ability to manifest and to create. Creating art is a beautiful way to awaken our inner creative energy. The experience of manifesting a work of art,
whether through music, painting, photography, dance, design, or any medium, is
exquisitely aligned with the practice of Yoga.
For years I have been yearning to make art, yet I have been so busy with life that
I have not made the time. I was also a bit overwhelmed with trying to decide what
medium to choose. After many years of making excuses, I finally signed up for a
workshop in Montauk this summer. The Art Barge is a beautiful Artists studio and
museum located on the water in Napeague harbor near my home.
I choose a ceramics workshop because the dates worked for me and a friend of
a friend was teaching. In the end I realized it doesn’t matter which medium I
chose, what matters is that I had opened up the door to my inner creativity.
Once enrolled in the ceramics, I found myself crafting art in all areas of my life. I
got back to exploring macramé as I did as a child. I spent time making
watercolors with my daughter on the beach. My cooking and gardening became
more creative. It was amazing how just one week of art could create such a
profound shift in how I moved through my life.
Just as we do in Yoga, when we enter into the artistic process we first open
ourselves to experimentation, which requires great courage and curiosity. Making art can be guided by our emotions. We set ourselves up to momentarily fail; we
learn to be patient and disciplined. We find ways to accept what is and be present with the unfolding. Creating art requires us to be mindful and present. It demands that we focus inward, let go of our control and allow ourselves to be
guided by our intuition. When we create art we enter into the flow, a very flow as we experience in Yoga. In that state of flow, we often feel the presence of something greater and grander than ourselves. Through inspiration it connects
us to all universal energy.
When working in my ceramics class I found myself present in such a thoughtful
way. It was so healing to pound, carve and mold the clay with my hands. I went
in with no agenda and just let the process of creating wash over me. I did my
best to practice non-judgment and to not get attached, just as I do in my Yoga
practice. I spent just 12 or so hours working on my ceramics, yet I experienced
a profound shift in my mood and my way of relating to the world around me.

Spending 12 hours that week creating rather than 12 hours working on my
computer produced a deep healing effect on my nervous system.
I also found that the quality of both my meditation and Yoga practice was greatly
enhanced. I felt more present more inspired and just plain happier.
Many of you who are reading this are artists yourselves and can totally relate to
what I am saying. But the point I am trying to make here is that we are all artists.
We all have the potential to create. If you’ve been feeling stuck or sad or
stressed lately, I encourage you to dive in and make some art, create something,
enjoy the process, release into the flow and let the art wash over your life. I hope
you find some healing in the process and I look forward to seeing your creations
in the Sonic Creative some time soon.

With love and inspiration

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