Words of Wisdom from Jeong Kwan on Creativity and Ego
Words of Wisdom from Jeong Kwan
on Creativity and Ego
One of my favorite Documentary Show (if that’s a thing), Chef’s Table is back with a season 3 that focuses, for the most part on Chefs that didn’t become Chefs because of the title, but because they loved making food. Even after they’ve been acclaimed, they shrug and keep on doing their thing.
Such is the case of Korean Zen Buddhist Nun Jeong Kwan who is the “Chef” of her Buddhist Temple. Toward the end of the episode, she talks about Creativity and Ego and how the two can’t be present within the same space:
“Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment.
You must not be your own obstacle.You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own the environment, the phenomenal world around you. You must be able to freely move in and out of your mind.
This is being free. There is no way you can’t open up your creativity. There is no ego to speak of. That is my belief.”
You must not be owned by the environment you are in. Probably the hardest advice to hear and follow, especially in the troubled times we live in. If you’ve lived or are from a place with little political stability and possibly wars, creating and making Art that can step away from a reaction to something are very difficult things to do. (And that’s without talking about the public reception when an Artist/Filmmaker coming from a minority or a country in development tries to talk about something else.)
I can’t recommend enough you watch this episode, as well as every season of Chef’s Table, it’s truly a show about creative process and growth through food.