What’s Better for Creativity: Depression or Happiness?: Sharon Salzberg

“The Creative Journey: Artists in Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Spirituality and Creativity.”

The above article is contained within the Upaya Newsletter dated 22 November 2010.


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  1. Happiness is key for me too. When I am happy I feel open and free to express whatever I feel. Being happy, I want to ‘make’, ‘do’, ‘create’, ‘be’ which are (to me) action words.

    ‘Depression smothers my desire to create’ – thank you , that is exactly how I feel. Depression, for me, is ‘inaction’ in nature.

    Yet how many blues songs have we heard…that are very creative and moving written by someone who was suffering?

    What inspires one does nothing for someone else.

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