Genius In Action~ March 4th.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Mar 4, 2011
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“There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.”

~Edwin Denby

“We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” ~Alan Watts

Meditation is being 100% right here-right now… In whatever you are doing.

“When accomplished artists are working on their artistic creations, they are completely filled with what they are doing. At that level, a person doesn’t have any other mind than being an artist, one hundred percent. Complete concentration is involved when somebody is executing a work of art. That is the mark of a master.” ~from Ocean of Dharma by Chogyam Trungpa edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian

These two are some accomplished meditators/artists… Masters at work. This video is genius!

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About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


3 Responses to “Genius In Action~ March 4th.”

  1. YesuDas says:

    One of the best things about going to grad school in Minneapolis was the abundance of fantastic dance troupes: Susanna di Palma's flamenco troupe, the Jawaahir Middle East dance troupe, and not one but two bharatanatyam troupes. I saw so much amazing dance while I lived there!

  2. Betsy Cohler Lemal says:

    I have to respectfully disagree with you and Alan Watts. To me, there is a point to meditation. Meditation is wonderful because it presents me with an opportunity, (occurring every second) to center myself amidst the chaos of often overwhelming negative feelings and negative self-talk. As a former film editor, I find that the creative process does not have this end. I think that mythologizing the artist is exactly what meditation, for me, does not do.

  3. SriDTMc says:

    I am going to further propagate that Alan Watts quote for The MedMob Manifesto, if you don't mind…

    Thanks! Please, keep doing what you're doing!