Have you ever felt like your brain was “stuck” and wouldn’t allow new ideas to flow? Have you ever felt like you’re just not a creative person? I have felt both of these scenarios and have found meditation to be extremely helpful in getting unstuck and in finally feeling creative. I share this post with you guys today in hopes to help change your perspective as well.
Don't you have to be artsy to be creative?
I think there is a common misconception on what it means to be creative. Creativity comes in many forms and is not limited to art forms.
Creativity means coming up with new ideas and in essence “creating”. It’s about being able to see new possibilities as well as turning your ideas into reality. Now, this is my interpretation of the word but there are many ways to interpret creativity. Finding what this word means for you is a great step in starting to let your creativity flow.
Clearing the mind
It’s very difficult to be creative when the mind is distracted. The mind gets distracted by all the mundane things that happen through our day. Training the mind to be able to clear is so powerful in allowing new ideas to flow in.
Now clearing the mind is by no means an easy task to accomplish. It takes practice and dedication.
If I can teach my mind to do this, you guys can too. Trust me, I spent years pretty much having zero control over my mind. This lack of control was probably why I felt like I was not a creative person. So I’m here to tell you that if you truly work at this, it is possible to clear the mind and change the way it works for you.
How to actually do this
There are many different types of meditation out there and I’m sure many of them can help boost your creativity.
What I’m going to share with you is a meditation technique that has been the most powerful for me. I share this specific technique because I have personally seen it work and hope that it can help you as well.
I’m going to give you some general guidelines on this meditation. I will also link a guided meditation video below that I made with these techniques included.
Meditation guidelines for boosting creativity and getting unstuck
When beginning any type of meditation, it can be really helpful to start by tuning into your breath. By focusing on your breath and using diaphragmatic breathing (click here for instructions on this), you bring the attention of your mind away from the external world. You also start to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and relax part of our nervous system).
So you’ll start with a few rounds of breath. There are no rules on the number, just until you feel your mind and body are ready for meditation.
After you get into a relaxed state, bring your attention to your body. You can either scan the body or bring your attention to the entire body, whatever works for you. Next, imagine old stuck energy flowing out of your body. You may feel this in one area more than another but whatever it is just let it happen. The unconscious mind knows what you need. Remember, we want to make room for new ideas to flow so we need to release stagnant energy.
Freeing your energy in this way isn’t about getting rid of “bad energy”, it’s about allowing energy to circulate around you. Energy can get trapped in certain areas of the body and when this happens, there’s less energy circulating around you. So by freeing the energy in this way you’re creating a constant source of energy to surround you at all times .
If you can’t feel your energy, don’t stress about it; this took me some time as well. If you try to force it, it won’t work. Allowing things to be without placing so much control on them will inherently free your energy. Also, just by placing your attention on this, the work will happen.
After you free your energy, it’s time to let new fresh energy come in. You can do this by breathing in new energy or imagining a white light surrounding you and fresh new energy entering into your body. You could also tune into the exchange of energy between your body and the field of energy surrounding you as you inhale and exhale. Feel how this energy exchange is now easier.
These are all suggestions and you can make this your own.
The results from this meditation may take time or may happen right away, everyone is different. Sometimes after I get up from this meditation, I have to go and write down ideas right away and other times I just feel more relaxed and clear. I love doing this meditation at night but sometimes I then can’t fall asleep because new ideas keep popping into my head that I want to write down! That’s how powerful this has been for me. I hope it’s as powerful for you.
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