I've been thinking a lot about meditation and art lately. Hope I don't come off as pretentious but I've been practicing meditation for a while and the type of meditation I did had the partial purpose of diminishing the relevance of my external self. I've stopped practicing because I value art a lot in my life and I've been realizing that that external self might be necessary to fully appreciate art. Meditation is nice for anxiety, mental clarity and internalizing concepts but I think I value art above all that. I haven't resolved this conflict yet.