Creativity. This is the focus for the new year. What is creative? What does creating bring us? When I think of this word, I think about nature. As I sit here in The Music Room, I look out at the beautiful tree that provides us shade in the afternoon ...covering us...as all of our wonderful students await to be picked up. To cover is to protect. Is creation a protection, in a way?
Have you ever played music, written a story, danced with another, painted or sculpted a work of art? Have you ever experienced the beauty of working on a sports team, or in a performance group -- creating a drama across the stage? All of these experiences, and many more, provide us with a "cover" -- a protection, so to speak.
I can remember performing music with my father. Hundreds of audience members...mesmerized by our drumming. I would even get mesmerized, myself, as I keep a steady beat, syncopating with others on the stage. I would feel a sort of protection -- going within -- protection from thoughts and feelings of fear -- protection from the sufferings of the world. For a time, I get lost in the creative process, and I am covered with a feeling of love.
So, this tree that sits before me, reminds me of the many times I have embarked on the creative process. I gaze at the green leaves, reflecting the sunlight that drops upon them, and then I look at the ground beneath it. There is shade, even in the morning. This tree -- providing us beauty, cover and protection -- reminding us that the creative process is love. May you all experience much love this new school year, as you participate in creating beautiful experiences.
Ms. Summer is a teacher, writer, musician and Spiritual Director/Coach. She has recently embarked upon a weekly podcast called "The Bayat Beat" where 3 generations in her family discuss many deep topics to understand this thing we call life! It is currently being listened to around the world. Check it out if you want to learn more.