Novelist Molly Moynahan moved out of her comfort zone and found creative inspiration by attending Gong Lab's Suite for Dreamers.
a guest post by Molly Moynahan
At 50 + I sometimes feel I’ve earned my place on the couch, in bed, watching television or reading Oprah, congratulating myself on my specialness, cat on lap, chocolate at the ready. And then it hits me that I am becoming one of those people I once pitied, inert, pathetic, declining opportunities to be creatively moved to remain static.
Inertia kills creativity. Inertia is not stillness or silence or meditation. Inertia is indifference and probably a sign of depression. So when one of my friends and writing students recently invited to me to participate in an event he was hosting that celebrated the winter solstice with a shadow puppet play and a gong bath, I decided to go.
Gong Lab’s Suite for Dreamers is a sonic, visceral, and visual journey designed to bridge the gap between waking and dreaming. Created by Shu Shubat.
You will bring your mat, blanket, and pillow. Your host HCL will provide a luscious Fall vegetarian repast. After dinner, lay back and drift off while immersed in a spell-inducing shadow story of renewal and reconnection to the bounty of the Earth. (Accompanied by live vocals, percussion and a 38" Earth Gong.) Come out feeling like the starry night.
The play began with a text by poet Mary Oliver reflected up on the screen. This was followed by a short vocal piece by Shu Shubat. The percussion and Earth Gong were performed by Oliver Seay and the Shadow Puppets were handled by Shu, Carl Brahams and Mike Oleon who also designed the Shadow show.
Being an artist also demands you participate, experience and support other artists. Getting out of your comfort zone and participating in another artist’s event will feed your creativity and inspire new ideas.
Molly can be reached at www.mollymoynahan.com.