No matter how you earn your living, the most important piece of equipment is your Mind. And when your creativity is tied to how you earn your living… then a focused, calm, clear and insightful mind is ideal.
Meditation [smart-time, as my hubby and I call it] works best for me. Nightly, before I lay my head down, and each morning before I wake, I spend a minimum of 15 minutes breathing. I stay present and allow my thoughts to flow. It makes so much difference in how I experience dreamtime as well as the rest of my day.
When I was a young girl, my grandparents would have morning, afternoon and nightly “prayer time.” This was my initial introduction to meditation. My grandfather would often spend time “in the spirit,” as he called it. However, I highly doubt it was anything other than his surrender to Love itself which turned prayer time into such a beneficial experience right there in his day.
There are benefits of meditation practice for creative people.
It keeps ideas, fluid. Allowing for easier articulation of concepts. One of the greatest helps mediation brought to me, is the ability to synthesize the complex into really simple statements and ideas. For example, it was through meditation that I discovered how to articulate what a soul is; or what consciousness is. Big ideas can become so accessible and understandable when we have fluidity in our thoughts.
We begin to improve concentration because of our hyper-ability to focus. This aids in our presence and performance.
We are led to the still waters of our inner emotional state. Here we can practice patience, where we don’t have to succumb to the urges within. Instead, we can have immediate presence during all kinds of life circumstances, and remain calm.
Finally, we experience both clarity and a-has. Some of the greatest insights I have had were a result of suddenly realizing the solution to a problem after or during meditation. The mental clarity and ability to comprehend multiple perspectives are experienced by so many who practice meditation regularly.
Today’s Inspired Action: Get started in your meditation practice today.
Samatha is a type of meditation practice and is simply about focusing on your breathing. It is designed to develop concentration and calmness. If you would like to try another form of Yoga Breathing, check out this article here.
To learn more about meditation, I suggest Steve Hagen’s book Meditation …Now or Never.