Our lives are permeated by the creative impulse, whether we are composing a symphony or frying an egg. The creative process begins with appreciating one’s senses and facing space – whether it be a blank piece of paper, an empty stage, an idle instrument, or a direct and penetrating unknowing how life might proceed. Out of that space, inspiration takes form and our life becomes a work of art in process.
This creative impulse may be explored through various sense perceptions, and not necessarily though formal “art” disciplines. Elaine enjoys accessing this ordinary appreciation of experience through different modalities: though teaching and experiencing classes in Shambhala Art and Kintsugi, but also through a regular knitting practice. She also finds the listening and conversation of a pastoral encounter to be a creative act of meaning making, one that supports individuals who are often facing illness and death.