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Koan Kreativity is reflective and thought-provoking. Although my first reading took only two days, my second reading, begun a month later, is still going on. The 25 short chapters each deserve their own time to be mulled over and considered. By moving between traditional Zen stories and reflections on creativity and its place in our lives, it kept me engaged and interested in the creative process and how I use it and can more effectively integrate it. The interspersed quotes from a variety of people provoke further thought, and sometimes rueful laughter, as I recognize cousins to my own thoughts, or insights I had missed until now.
(Favorite: “God is really another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying things.” – Pablo Picasso)
I will return to this book in cycles, I think, as well as gifting it to others. Thank you, Tim, for a work that is both insightful and entertaining. Well worth the time. Highly recommended.
Many of the chapters I connected because it reminded me situations from my life or wishes and desires I have.
Each chapter is a traditional story based on the Zen philosophy. The aim of each chapter is to help people to develop and improve their creativity.
The author does say that the book is mainly targeted to artists, but I disagree. All people have a creativity streak inside them, and I think this book is for everyone that wants to enhance their ability to be more creative.
Also, this book is perfect for students (both in college and generally speaking) that are into Eastern Philosophy. Saying that it doesn’t mean is hard to comprehend the concepts, on the contrary, the author manages to present them in a way that an ordinary person will understand.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Using the Koans (short Zen parables) as a thematic starting point for each chapter, the book moves the reader, whether you are a poet, a painter, or photographer, or anyone with a creative bone in your body (which as Ljunggren explains, is all of us) to integrate creativity fully into your life.
Like a Zen mater himself, Ljunggren intersperses his own insights about the creative process with quotes from writers and artists, inspiring readers to empty their monkey mind and open their consciousness to the creativity that exists in the universe and that echoes deep within each of our souls.
Koan Kreativity will help you get your Zen on and do your own creative work.