Art isn’t just a thing. A painting hung in a museum. A play you attend. Music you
It’s also not simply a process to create those things.
It’s an intent. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a choice. It’s a philosophy.
To choose to live mindfully from a heart space with compassion and awareness,
while sharing your vulnerability with other people is the highest form of
art you will ever make. It’s also the most impactful.
It’s better than the song you will sing or a movie you will direct or a poem you will
write. Although making those things is important. And powerful. They are an
extension of who you are as an artist. They are statements you are leaving with the
But a demonstration to others – of what it is to live from your heart – is a work of art
itself. And I would say the greatest one. Songs are forgotten. Movies are replaced by
new movies. Books collect dust and other stories are told. But the imprint you leave
sharing yourself with others in the world is what’s most remembered.
All interactions have value. Each encounter can make a difference. Even more so
when experienced from the heart.
It’s not easy though.
It requires a great amount of patience and bravery. And in a world that seems to
have become increasingly insensitive (and aggressive) towards people who are
sensitive, it’s almost downright scary.
To live from the heart is sensitivity. Partly, this is because it requires attunement
with other people’s suffering. And also because it requires a sense of awareness to
find solutions to our problems at a deeper, more refined level than society often
Some people may argue that it’s just easier to live from the intellect. Or that they’ve
tried opening their heart and it ended up getting them shafted. Or, why put yourself
out there when no one else seems to be doing it?
But choosing to live your life from an intellectual place or that of cynicism or
negation doesn’t eliminate the longings of the heart. That’s the great irony right
there. Everyone on this planet (including Donald Trump!) is making choices that they believe will allow them to live happier lives. Everyone has longing. Everyone has heart. It’s the refusal to acknowledge it that gets scary.
We just want to be more conscious about the artfulness of making choices that
originate from this heart space. This doesn’t mean to be reckless with our heart or
with others. This doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes and sometimes just want
to scream at people and tell someone to “F**k off!”
But the willingness to live from a place beyond our habituated, reactive, safe self is
To be willing to touch another person’s life by staying open is the greatest
masterpiece you will ever make. And the beauty of it is that you may not ever know
that you even did that.
Actor in video: Mason Trueblood