5 in 5: Thomas Thompson
This 5 in 5 contributor gave up his job as a Database Administrator to pursue his passion for the body and its capacity to creatively move and heal by becoming a Muscle Activation Techniques, Yoga, and Feldenkrais practitioner. Oh, and he just happens to be my lovely husband.
1. What inspires you creatively?
Moving in novel ways is inspiring to me. Figuring out the interesting interplay between movement and the way people think and feel is enough to light my creative fire for a lifetime.
2. How do you use creative methods to work with your clients?
It seems I have to usually have my own practice fairly established to be able to invoke a change in someone else. The more I figure out in myself, the more I figure out through others.
3. Who are your creative heroes? In other words, what cultures, groups, or people do you admire for their inventiveness?
My creative heroes can be anyone who can take very little in terms of raw material or a few thoughts and turn it into something grand in scale. Watching a good builder, seeing a good sketch artist, feeling the words of my favorite teachers invokes a lot of admiration from me.
4. Given your past experiences, how do you see the fields of technology and science merging with spirituality and art?
Technology has made very many very complex things available to everyone. My step daughter can do things with her mom’s iPad in 5 minutes what I couldn’t have done with the help of a professional graphic artist 10 years ago and makes it look easy. Sometimes I wonder in terms of this actually diminishing spiritual experience though because simple things might become too mundane compare to what a small device can accomplish. The world isn’t contained in a 4×6 screen.
5. What is your favorite eatery in Oklahoma?
My favorite eatery in Oklahoma has to be Himalaya. My whole family, especially my boys enjoy it a lot. They have stellar, consistent food, great chai and the wait staff and owners always remember who you are and are very attentive.