Art & Meditation

Chrysanne Stathacos: Two Hands Touch

Chrysanne Stathacos, True Patriot Love, 2011, Installation, flowers, maquettes of marine plywood

For me, the Tibetan meditation practice of Tonglen, which is based on the concept of sending and receiving, is closely aligned with the creative process of artists who have a social justice practice. In this traditional meditation practice, one imagines suffering, either a personal one or a world crisis and then sends love, light or compassion to it. This practice trains us to imagine and feel the reality of others, which often leads to action for healing. Similarly, artists bring their experiences of the world into their psyche and translate this by creating art works for all to appreciate and learn from.

Meditation

Bring your hands together into a circle. Look through the circle your hands make. The outer rim manifests the connection as our fingers touch. Imagine that our fingers touching circle the globe, reflecting how we are all interconnected. The warmth of our hands creates a vibrant mandala that heals our world. Reflect on the virus crisis by sending healing thoughts and love to all infected and suffering.  Imagine that polluted skies that are now clear in many cities Delhi–Beijing–Athens–New York–Los Angeles remain clear after the pandemic ends.  May this time help heal our climate change crisis and give nature a moment to rehabilitate. Imagine that the sky is blue with a view of endless stars in the universe.

Put your palms together as if in a prayer pose. Rub them up and down for a few minutes. Feel the warmth of your hands. Separate them and feel the electrical charge between them. You cannot see the sensation, but you can feel it. We often do this when we are cold to make us warm. Close your eyes and meditate on your current situation and what you are feeling. Send compassion to yourself. As my Buddhist teachers have always said – we must have compassion for ourselves first before we to send it out to others. Imagine an artwork, poem or song you could create to help heal fears or bring joy to people at this time. Create!

Chrysanne Stathacos, Terence, The Aura Project

Song

Relax
Wonderful
Hear the sound of the roses!
Paint the stars in the sky!
See the flowers in your dreams!
Do you have a question for the future?
Relax
Wonderful
Feel your heart
Relax
Wonderful
Look into the endless reflection of yourself
In the realm of mirrors
Send out love
Relax
Wonderful
Ponder the vast cosmos
Press self-view looking at the moon
See yourself as the electronic image
Artist in the stars
Relax
Wonderful
Send compassion to all those suffering
Take action in your work
When you hear what you cannot see
You can help people to be free
You are now the artist
You have the answer
Relax
Wonderful
Relax
Wonderful
Relax
Wonderful
*

*Song is inspired by the historical yoginis of India

In appreciation to my Buddhist teachers and teachings: HH Dalai Lama, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, and Gelek Rinpoche.

CHRYSANNE STATHACOS

Stathacos is a multidisciplinary artist of Greek, American and Canadian origin. Her work has encompassed printmaking, textile, painting, installation and conceptual art. Stathacos is heavily involved with and influenced by feminism, Greek Mythology, eastern spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism, all of which inform her current artistic practice.