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Meditation and the Creative Mind


Redshine meditation

An acquaintance of mine recently posted a great video on her practice of mediation and how it helps her "observe the thinking mind" (I love this). 

As a creative person, I easily get caught up in the day to day struggle of solving problems and worrying about the future. I find that daily meditation really helps calm those thoughts and helps me focus on the present moment. If I'm not distracted by the past or the future, I find that ideas come more easily to me.

But I'm a really lazy meditator.

Like most people, I felt that I couldn't get around to meditating because I didn't have the time or the patience for it. But now I've built meditation into my morning schedule so I always do it.

I had work at it before it felt natural. To get into the habit, I used the Head Space app as a guided way to focus on my breath and let go of distracting thoughts. I used Head Space religiously for a couple of months but once I got through most of the packages, I found it easier to just do it on my own. 

So now after I wake up, I sit on the end of my bed and close my eyes and focus on my breath and sounds around me for about 5-10 minutes. I also focus on the "unified field" mentioned in David Lynch's book Catching the Big Fish but that's a topic for another post.