My latest book! “PLACE YOUR THOUGHTS HERE: Meditation for the Creative Mind”
Foreword by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
As the creative mind engages meditation practice, creativity flows and sensorial experience—the basis for inspiration in art—explodes in vivid display. In Place Your Thoughts Here, Steven Saitzyk describes how meditation enhances creativity and artistic process. With this capacity for fresh perception, we can see and experience our world and the art that captures it in ways that touch us profoundly. This leads us to genuine spontaneity and pure, unselfconscious expression. It also dissolves creative blockages, reveals the source of creativity, and offers a path toward the sublime—through which we experience ecstatic feelings of union with ourselves, our process, and our art.
“Place Your Thoughts Here is truly unique in the way it guides the reader to a landing zone: a place to begin our creative journey. It inspires us to discover the source of unselfconscious spontaneity and the nature of beauty. Any artist, or anyone with aspirations of being one, must read this book!” —Stanley Weiser, screenwriter for Wall Street, W, and Freedom Song
“Through the lens of Buddhism, Steven Saitzyk taps into the human need to create. This is a handbook for clearing one’s mind so the creative process can blossom. Place Your Thoughts Here is a valuable resource for artists and CEOs alike because, after all, creativity is at the core of all human endeavors.” —John Millei, visual artist
“When I’m standing before a live audience and about to improvise a solo, how do I avoid becoming a deer in the headlights? By simply being myself, in the moment, smiling at the possibilities and taking the leap! That’s what Place Your Thoughts Here reaffirms. Steven Saitzyk uses examples of the common perceptions about artists, art making, and experiencing art to assist in a deeper understanding of where our meditation practice might take us or what it might open our hearts and minds to.” —Michael Doucet, musician, composer, United States Artists Award recipient
“I am a huge fan of this book. Steve Saitzyk has done a masterful job of synthesizing East and West into an accessible guide for seeing deeply into the world around us, as well as into the human heart. Groundbreaking and original; a must-read for anyone in the creative arts, and those who aspire to be.” —April Smith, TV writer/producer, author of the FBI Special Agent Ana Grey thrillers
“Steven Saitzyk’s Place Your Thought Here has put words to my experience of creating art. It’s is a must read for all artists who wish to be guided in creating from a place of nonego.” —Salomon Huerta, artist
“With insight and compassion, Steve Saitzyk takes us gently yet firmly by the hand and introduces us to the workings of our own mind. This is a wonderful book for anyone looking to grow and deepen as an artist … or just, as a person!” —Winnie Holzman, writer of the TV drama My So-Called Life, cowriter of the musical Wicked
“What is Shambhala Art?” article in the Shambhala Times. Feb. 19, 2009
“Rinpoche’s Gauntlet” article in the Shambhala Times. Sept. 4, 2009
“Art’ as a Process, ‘Arts’ as a Form” article in the Shambhala Times. Oct. 27, 2009
“You Don’t ‘Make’ Art!” article in the Shambhala Times. March 20, 2013
“A Brief History of Shambhala Art” article in the Shambhala Times. March 11, 2012
“Chaos, Bewilderment and Being Pissed-off While Viewing Art” article in the Shambhala Times. March 20, 2014
ART HARDWARE: The Definitive Guide to Artists’ Materials, first printing 1987. Although my book is out of print, copies can be found on the web such as at Amazon.com. I personally make photocopies that are sold by the student store at Art Center College and to individuals on request. A portion of my book can be found online a my artists’ materials website: www.trueart.info.