While Attending An Awesome Art Retreat
Entering the ancient Koyasan cemetery among massive cedars is like entering another world. If you go there in early morning when the fog has barely lifted to meditate, you can almost touch the atmosphere of ancient spirituality.The ashes of some 200,000 souls are deposited in this cemetery, and the legend goes that the grand Buddhist master Kōbō-Daishi is still meditating there in a closed temple chamber. To this day, Zen monks bring him regular meals.
It is just so much easier to meditate in a place where people have been meditating for over a thousand years. It’s like an invisible fertilizer for the soul to enter the deeper sanctums of Spirit.
Together with a merry group of expats and Japanese ladies, I participated in an amazing art retreat hosted by art therapist Catherine Ventura. We played hard with color, magazine cut-outs and glue as we responded to prompts about exploring the simple pleasures in life. Such an easy and free creative play, without any thoughts of making good art- sooo relaxing!
Meditation helps us to access this carefree and creative play zone. At Koyasan it was so much easier because of the mystical atmosphere. If you can’t get to Koyasan on the next train, I encourage you to meditate someplace near you that inspires this sense of peace and introspection.