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Be More Creative Guest. This week… Thich Nhat Hanh on Understanding Death in Life

Regular readers will know how influential the work of Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author, lecturer and peace advocate, Thich Nhat Hanh, has been on my own thinking, especially for the Go Creative! books. Now the 88-year-old “Thay” (as his followers call him, pronounced “Tie”) is very ill, having experienced a severe brain haemorrhage two weeks ago. Thay’s key teaching is that understanding and developing what he calls mindfulness, what a creative might call “creative presence”, the embrace of the present moment, is the only way to create true peace and happiness — both in oneself, and in the world. As he endures…

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#CreativeKickstart I spent Thursday and Saturday at peace talks and meditations led by the Vietnamese zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh.  The events were part of this monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist’s UK tour, “Cooling The Flames”, which also includes an educators’ conference and a five-day retreat in Nottingham (a few places still available). My husband, Philip, spent months working with a team of volunteers to organise this visit by ‘Thay’, as he is familiarly known (the word is Vietnamese for ‘Teacher’). Almost 3000 people Read More

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The Good News

Towards A Creative 2012: Part 3. They don’t publish the good news. The good news is published by us. We have a special edition every moment, and we need you to read it. The good news is that you are alive, and the linden tree is still there, standing firm in the harsh winter. The good news is that you have Read More

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Regular readers will be aware of my admiration of the Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, known by his students and followers as Thay (“teacher”). When one of those students approached him with a question: “Why should I meditate?”, Thay’s answer was swift and – as always – profoundly simple: “Because you like it”. Why write a symphony? Because you like it. Why put up a Read More

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The Seven Stages of the Creative Process.

Trying to grasp the creative process is like trying to grasp water. The harder we try, the less we hold. The process is not linear but for certain purposes, we can treat it as if it is, and break it down into seven stages. Everything we create invariably goes through these stages on its way from imagined form (wants, desires) into material form (things, experiences). * * * Understanding these stages is useful no matter what we’re making, but it becomes essential when we’re engaged in a large project. If what we’re making comes easy to us — family dinner, f-r-e-e-writing, a dollar —…

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