“It is possible to make a brushstroke that expresses one’s whole life.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa ~
We all want to leave a positive imprint in the world. But do we ever pause to consider how we are showing up for our life?
Barbara Bash, author, illustrator, calligraphic artist and speaker at the upcoming Authentic Leadership 16-week program, explores how a calligraphic mark can be an experience of self connection and personal expression in a fresh and powerful way. Barbara will also offer a public workshop, “Opening the Door” on January 30 from 7-9 pm.
Distraction has always been an innately human trait. We need structure to make sense of the turmoil around us. Humans through the ages have turned to contemplative practices to counterbalance the inherently distractable nature of mind.
From the Buddhist contemplative perspective the experience of making art can awaken, synchronize mind and body, and be an expression of well being and sanity.
As a Shambhala practitioner who combines eastern principles with western art forms, Barbara believes everyone has an artistic nature and can access this nature through the practice of calligraphic art. Using large brushes, buckets of ink and big sheets of paper, she guides people in making big strokes and noticing how they feel throughout the process.
In her workshops Barbara creates a clear structure to hold the wildness of the creative act and integrate this aliveness into one’s life. She guides participants to gather their focus, noticing the moment of action, and reflecting on the outcome. How do we show up in the moment ? How do we ground ourselves? How do we feel about the result? This direct awareness of the creative moment brings insights that can be applied to everything we do.
Showing up fully, being grounded in action, and reflecting honestly on the results are central leadership qualities. The foundation of good leadership starts here. Turning inward to touch our wisdom and awareness is the basis of turning outward to lead others.
And all of this can happen in a brushstroke.
Barbara Bash is a calligrapher, author, illustrator and teacher of Big Brush and illustrated journaling workshops. She co-directed the Book Arts program with Susan Edwards at Naropa and collaborated with musicians, storytellers, and dancers developing calligraphic performance art that joined Eastern brush sensibility with Western alphabetic forms. This creative exploration has been her springboard for mixing word and image in deeper ways. Barbara’s most recent book is an expanded edition of True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude.
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