Quarantine Has Been a Distinctive Alternative to Sluggish Down and Think about a New and Improved Future

Krista Kim is a contemporary artist who fosters the confluence of art and technology. She has lived and traveled in many cities around the world and exhibited her work in New York, Paris and around the world. Krista learned the Transcendental Meditation Technique 7 years ago. We caught up with her during the pandemic to see what she was up to and how she dealt with it.

What does a typical day in your week look like?
My day starts every morning with transcendental meditation. I find TM really helps me on so many levels: I’ve improved clarity; I’m concentrated; I am more creative; I am more productive; I am cold; I am more open and have more energy. As soon as I do my morning meditation, my day is full of projects and interactions with agents and co-workers from around the world. I spend the day creating art, exercising, dreaming / brainstorming, working on projects and being a mother. It’s a mishmash of everything and every day is different. I have two children, ages 10 and 12, and I really enjoy the randomness of motherhood, art, projects, and travel. I meditate every evening to relieve stress and process a lot of ideas and suggestions from the day.

What in one sentence describes your approach to life?
Knowing who you are and connected with the Creator can help you create a beautiful life that is supported by the universe.

Artwork by Krista Kim

Can you talk about your greatest success and failure, what have you learned from them?
I think the best decisions I made were because I believed in myself and trusted the universe. My mistakes have all been due to giving my power to others and ignoring my intuition. I’ve learned to focus on my own strength and listen to the universe! Life has ups and downs and that will never change, but staying in the present moment through meditation, building strong relationships, and serving others is part of an ongoing process that brings success. Failures are blessings because they are opportunities for learning and growth.

What are your three favorite tools for a happy and healthy life?
Meditation is an invaluable tool because it expands my consciousness and the flowering benefits are mysteriously abundant but connected like flowering branches of a tree. I also practice self-love by expressing my creativity and self-care with good food, exercise and people. I openly express love and care, especially for my children.

Have you found your TM practice to be a helpful tool during this pandemic?
Absolutely. TM is the most effective form of stress relief. The quarantine was a once in a lifetime opportunity to imagine a new and improved future. I believe we have the opportunity to create new systems that can thrive while serving humanity and respecting Mother Earth. Cooperation and participation is the future!


Photo by Scott McIntyre

How has your TM practice influenced your creativity?
TM has helped me make breakthroughs in my artistic practice. My intuition is stronger and ideas just come to me. Brainstorming is literally a deluge of ideas that I capture through journaling or sketching. My mind is so focused and I know intuitively when to do something. I take creative risks. TM is a game changer.

Where is the strangest place you’ve ever meditated?
On a crowded NYC subway. I also do ubers and planes.

If you could give someone some advice as you are thinking about a life / career like yours, what would you say to them?
As an artist, you need to know who you are in order to bring in your unique ideas that shape our world. Meditate; You will discover who you really are and it will strengthen your intuition; Intuition is your superpower!


Artwork by Krista Kim

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