There is no shortage of resources in the world of sewing today; we have it covered well, from techniques, resources, and tools, to inspiration and endless, amazing role models. How lucky for us to be living in a world where we have such fast access to all of the above. Yet, that’s all on the “outside”. You should never lose sight of what lies on the “inside”. How often do we think about turning inwards?
How do you tap into what you uniquely have to offer the world without being pulled so many directions from the outside? I have the medical/science brain and I was a skeptic of all things that fell outside the realm of science and logic. I eventually came to understand that skepticism is downright limiting when it comes to meditation. Meditation will make you a better creator it will unleash the creativity.
I am not saying that meditation is the only element necessary to turn on your creativity, but if this practice is missing from your creative process, you are simply leaving too much potential on the table. Without a simple meditation practice, you’re not tapping into your full creative juices. You need to get into the right state of mind to achieve a relaxed creation state of mind, and meditation is the shortest path to that state. Meditation can unlock your best ideas.
Many creative experiences “quite the mind”. As with meditation practice that can lower our heart rate, decrease our blood pressure and decrease our production of cortisol (stress hormone). Spending time creating can quieten the mind and produce a meditative state.
The moment you are caught up in creative activity when you are completely absorbed this is similar to meditation. By being in the creation state the creativity can continue into the next few days. Inspiration can be produced.
When we are involved in a creative moment, time disappears. You forget yourself. You become part of something larger. The brain can only process a certain amount of information at a time. So time outside of this creative project becomes suspended. Problems disappear and creation occurs.
Meditation decreases stress. When our bodies are in constant stress out poor mind and body can’t tell the difference in a normal fight/flight response. Normal tasks can feel that release of cortisol and our body constantly runs on stress. Meditation calms your nerves and allows the brain to process the information it has soaked up from reading and listening. Meditation allows your mind to have a genuine conversation with itself, and to make honest discoveries about what untainted and original content it can create.
Meditation fills the gaps and connects the dots. Meditation tames fatigue purifies ideas, discards old ones and gives birth to new ones. It awakens your inner voice and gives it courage. It splashes drops of awareness on your thoughts and it showers you with creative thoughts that otherwise tends to be trapped in your mind. Meditation is a gift far too accessible, too easy, and too rewarding not to embrace — if you are willing to cultivate the habit.
Regular meditation increases brain activity in areas associated with creativity. It also helps ease the Amygdala this is the part of the brain where fear is formed. Therefore with meditation practice creativity is increased and fear/anxiety is decreased.
The human mind operates at three levels: Surface (Intellectual/Ego) Mind, Deep (Emotional/Intuitive) Mind, and Beyond (Imaginative/Inspirational) Mind. Meditation has benefits with regard to all three, most particularly in how it allows us to tap the deeper, wiser dimensions of our minds, which tend to speak in whispers.
Neuroscience is showing, through brain mapping, how meditation affects brain waves. The most striking difference is a shift, in the meditator, from the stress-prone right frontal cortex to the calmer left frontal cortex. Regular meditation also shows increased brain activity in areas associated with creative. Even just three weeks of daily 20-minute meditation will change your brain for the better. We can use meditation to improve our lives to slow down, to feel less stressed and appreciate life more.
Meditation offers enormous benefits for everyone and a set of particular benefits for those who are engaged in a creative activity.
Concentration is essential to the execution of a creative task. The simple act of focusing on your breathing will gradually improve you concentration
Meditation is quiet and therefore can be boring. You are trying to be still, your body will resist. Develop that patience and get past that resistance you will develop even more patience.
As you meditate your mind calms and becomes more clear and concise.
When you see things clearly and you sharpen your mind problem solving and decision making becomes easier.
Find a practice that works for you. You can download guided meditation apps. You can also do online courses such as www.zivamind.com, which I have completed and I loved. You can simply take 10-15 minutes twice a day to sit and let yourself be. A daily meditation practice might just provide the key to improved health and happiness that you need.
Think of meditation as being like a greenhouse, space where you can protect and nurture all the qualities of your life. If you do this regularly those positive feeling states and dopamine releases will just become part of your day.
It’s not easy putting yourself out there, day after day, in words. It makes us a little crazy—vulnerable, edgy, raw sometimes. Meditation soothes those edges and creates a place where we can take risks.