I have discovered that if I really want to soak in the discussions during conferences or classes, I need to take notes. In recent years, I have taken to creating what I call “Conference Art,” doodles done during discussions which keep my mind focused (multitasking, of course), and capture significant ideas or experiences. Sometimes these doodles are the work of one session; often they – like the conference – span a few days or a week. For me, they help me retain the essence of the experience.
At the recent Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Hevraya retreat in West Cornwall, Connecticut, we explored prayer, our prayer lives, and how every moment of every day can – with attention and intention – be a prayer. My Conference Art captures the spiritual exploration.