If you’re like most of us, you feel great when you find yourself rooted in a deep, creative flow. Whether you’re drawing, painting, writing, playing an instrument, quilting.....or whatever it is that gets your creative juices going, it’s that same feeling of calm enjoyment. What if I told you that meditation makes it so much easier to experience that flow? And that doing creative activities makes it so much easier to meditate? Let me explain.
My personal experience
First, you should know that I’m writing from personal experience. I’ve meditated daily for 40 years, and I’ve been a creative professional for 20 years. It is my clear observation that when I engage in creative efforts, something shifts and I feel just right as if all the little pieces in the machinery that makes up Me somehow slip into position. It doesn’t matter if it’s an activity I master well or something new.
Contrary to popular belief, creativity is not about passion or sudden flashes of insights. It’s like everything else in life: To do well, we need to do a lot. If you want to get good at creative watercolor, do a lot of watercolors. The more practice you get, the easier it gets as you hone your craft. Be curious, learn new things. Focus.
Harvesting creativity through meditation
So there you have it: Focus. Meditation is all about building focus. Whatever method of mediation you employ, your effort involves building focus on a positive, uplifting idea. The more you meditate, the deeper you are able to dive into unexplored corners of your own consciousness. You stray into levels of consciousness where creative ideas suddenly pop up and solutions to problems present themselves. The more we gain freedom from intrusive thoughts and are able to still the mind, the more we are able to dip into that ocean of creative ideas. I’m not talking Eureka! ideas here, just everyday inner visuals and ideas that are useful for creative projects at hand.
Some people believe creative ideas have a life of their own, and it’s up to us to catch them as they fly by. To me, creative ideas are part of an expanded level of consciousness, where we may even get help from invisible beings who are attracted to us and become energetically involved with our efforts. The ancient Greeks called these invisible helpers the Muse. Yogis call them luminous bodies and modern mystics may call them angels. Whatever name we ascribe the Muse, I believe powerful creative forces may interact with our creativity, whether we know it or not.
Benefit from day one
You will benefit immensely from taking a break to meditate….and later slip into a creative flow as you work your craft. And because of your creative flow, you are set to enjoy deeper meditation. What a truly rewarding feedback loop.
You don’t have to be an expert meditator or an expert creator to have this positive experience. Making an effort is in itself the magic bullet. Try meditation and see what happens to your creative activity. Better still, try to meditate daily.