Janis Joplin – Jacki Kellum Watercolor Painting
If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I have begun auditing a course about Buddhism and Modern Psychology from Princeton University . You can register for this course from Princeton Here
Image Credit Robin Wright, Princeton Free University Course: Buddhism and Modern Psychology
At the time of writing this post, I understand very little about Buddhism, but as I watched the presenter Robin Wright’s videos, I was struck by how very much the process of creating is like part of the Four Noble Truths.
In a previous post, I discussed the first two of the Buddhist Four Noble Truths. Here
- People suffer or long for something that they do not have.
- When they get those things or achieve those things, their satisfaction with them lasts a very short period and they begin to long again.
Wright describes a sense of Ecstasy or pleasure that is associated with getting what we want, doing what we want, and even with dreaming of doing what we want, but as soon as we get what we thought would satisfy us, our pleasure drops. Moments ago, I wrote saying that when I am creating, my sense of pleasure spikes, but when I have created the first version of something, my pleasure in the project plummets, and I don’t want to do the hard work finishing my project Here.