If you’ve ever embarked on a creative project, you’ve likely experienced moments of pure joy. Some may even call the experience a sense of higher consciousness. In other words, creativity seems to pour from you. In these moments of creative flow, you’re experiencing creativity as a form of mindful meditation. Creativity engages our imagination. Turning new and imaginative ideas into reality frees us from the constraints of everyday life. Creativity allows us to access a part of ourselves that is not ruled by time, pressures, or conditions. It’s no wonder many of us long for more of it in our lives. When creative energy flows through us, it connects us to our deepest selves and even the world around us.
The above description parallels what it means to engage in mindful meditation. When you meditate, you focus your mind in silence to clear internal chatter and external distractions as a method of relaxation. Writing and painting and sculpting and dancing as with most forms of creativity you’re silent and focused. When you practice mindfulness, your concentration is in the present moment in much the same way as when your center of attention is putting words on the page, cutting glass or carving wood.
In today’s world of constant stimulation, mindfulness is a means of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness and slowing down. Mindfulness pulls your power back into yourself and encourages you to be proactive rather than reactive to the stimuli surrounding you.
In the classic sense of mindful meditation, you become aware of absolutely nothing or you bring your full attention to what you’re doing… without judgment. This is key because as soon as judgment flares up, suddenly you begin to doubt yourself, become emotionally blocked or trapped in negative thinking. No longer in a state of relaxation, you lose the flow, your energy plummets and you become stuck or blocked. Full of fear and self-doubt, you just don’t see the point and are tempted to give up.
Obstacles and challenges are emotional lessons created specifically for each individual person. The spiritual purpose of creating is to challenge you to express yourself with no doubt or fear. With that knowledge, you’re encouraged to continually return your full attention, not on the emotional traps, but on the words you’re writing and the scenes you’re envisioning.
When you approach creativity as a form of mindful meditation, you’re less likely to become emotinally derailed and much more likely to realize your highest artistic ambitions.
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