Episode 063 :: Brett Cook :: Clouds in a Teacup: A Mindfulness Journey and Coloring Book

Brett Cook

Artist and educator Brett Cook joins us to speak about art, community building, and contemplative practice as we discuss his book co-authored with Thich Nhat Hanh Clouds in a Teacup: A Mindfulness Journey and Coloring Book.

Remember what it was like when you were little, in school, and it was time for art class. You did finger painting, sculpture, even macaroni art in a group. Or, at least sitting together with others, working on their own projects. What would it be like to have art be a communal mindfulness practice?

Brett Cook is an artist and educator who has produced installations, exhibitions, curricula, and events widely across the United States and internationally. His work often involves community workshops and collaborative art, along with music, performance, and food. He has taught at all academic levels in a variety of subjects. He’s received many awards, and was selected as a cultural ambassador to Nigeria as part of the U.S. Department of State’s 2012 smARTpower Initiative and A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art in 2014. His work is in private and public collections including the Smithsonian/National Portrait Gallery, the Walker Art Center, and Harvard University. Cook lives in Oakland, CA with his family.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in this podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. You can visit his website to hear more of his music, get the full discography, and view his upcoming tour dates.

About Ted Meissner

Ted Meissner has been a meditator since the early 90’s, is a UMass Center for Mindfulness Qualified MBSR Teacher, and is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader as well as several other podcasts, and has presented about mindfulness to various groups including the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Harvard Humanist Hub, and Be The Match, the National Marrow Donor program. Ted has been published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, Mindful, and The International Journal of Whole Person Care.

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