Free Your Mind and Unlock Your Creativity
Do you ever feel stuck in a bit of a creative rut? You’re not alone. We have been there many a time (and will likely end up there again in the future). We talked about it a bit in this Instagram post.
It’s often not a lack of inspiration keeping us from fulfillment; it’s our focus on the busy, inconsequential chatter of our hurried thoughts. It’s difficult to access our infinite creative flow when we’re too caught up in the stories of our mind or too numb from all the patterns of behavior we use to distract ourselves from that chatter.
How often have you found yourself sitting at your desk to embark on a project you’ve been meaning to start, only to feel defeated after spending 45 minutes on a mind social media deep dive? Or felt crippled to begin at all because of some paralyzing narrative your brain has begun to weave? It can make us feel like our creativity is lacking or has abandoned us. But in reality, inspiration is waiting patiently for us, just beneath the clutter of our thoughts.
That’s why meditation can be such a powerful tool in unlocking our imaginations. We quiet the busy noise and create space in our consciousness for our brain’s ingenuity. Have you ever had an “aha!” moment in the shower? Left a challenging fitness class feeling inspired? Come up with a great idea during a long drive on an empty road? When we engage in activities that let our mind focus on one thing, suddenly it’s not focusing on all the other millions of things it usually likes to give its attention to. But these do not need to be limited to accidental moments of mindfulness, we can access them all the time through intentional meditation.
So here’s a quick meditation to start welcoming a little inspiration:
1. Find a quiet place – maybe at home, in the office, outside on a park bench.
2. Set a timer on your phone for 1 minute. Yep, that’s all you need.
3. Sit down and begin to take deep inhales through the nose and exhales out through the mouth. On your third exhale, gently allow your eyes to flutter shut.
4. And then just observe your breath. Notice its quality, where you feel it in your body, you can even start to count it. And as soon as your mind starts to wander to a thought or feeling, gently draw it back to your breath. When your timer goes off, open your eyes and take a moment before getting up and carrying on with your day.
And if you think you might benefit from a little more than a minute of mindfulness, join us for our regularly scheduled Chorus classes.
We can’t wait to see you there!
Ali & MK