• Marianne Orlando

The Creative Chronicles

I knew I would be an illustrator when I was 4 years old. I wanted to tell stories with pictures and words. My parents said it wasn't a real way to make a living, so I squelched the idea.

Fast forward to 2016. After a solid year of meditation for a half-hour every morning with my husband, I experienced an explosion of creativity.

My meditation practice was not based on traditional technique. My mind is too active and constantly noticing my surroundings to focus on slowing the breath. Instead, I recited spiritual passages (from Christian to Buddhist) silently to myself with the vague, general idea of allowing creativity back into my life.

Over time, this became an intention. I put out the the Universe "I want to be creative again."