Meditation can lead to Creation

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Fully being in the creative zone can be an altered state of consciousness. It’s that transcendent state where time seems to both stay still and move at a mystical rate. That sort of artistic state is what we all hope to be in when we create but what happens when it doesn’t? What do you do when your creative well has some dryness?

I’ve found that switching the mental energetic gears can be key to finding my reservoirs of creation. The simplest (thought not easy) way I find to tap into the creative ether is through meditation. It help’s me detach from my habitual processes and opens up channels to other ideas.

In future posts, I’ll go more into detail about how I meditate but you can find plenty of resources out there. Trying to just dive into meditation on your own isn’t likely to happen so I recommend finding other people or a community where you can learn the basics of it. I originally studied with a Zen monk and then pursued it on my own.

Here’s a quick guided meditation that I created that might help:

Some People Think: I’m not an Artist, therefore I’m not creative. WRONG!

Chimpanzee, 2008

Oh, you silly people! We are all creative. It’s what makes us human. In fact, even our closest relatives the chimpanzees have exhibited creativity when it comes to problem solving (especially when it comes to solving problems to get food).

Creativity is a multi-faceted concept. The painter, the engineer, the therapist and many other sorts of professions are based on creative problem solving. The white canvas to the struggling patient, all sorts of areas can be worked on.

Granted, some people are more creative than others. much of this is based on how they think.

The creative muscle I’m interested in helping you flex is the artistic one. This includes drawing, knitting, playing with clay, painting, writing, carving, tracing, collaging,

Solo Art is Great, Collaborative Creation is Awesome!

Many of us creatives make art (music, poetry, writing etc.) on our own. Not in a vacuum, but often in a studio, in an office, a café etc. where we find going inwards helps us create what we need to show the world. Like many, I am an extrovert/introvert and when I pursue one of my endeavors, I like to do it by myself.

Since I no longer work in an office environment doing graphics, I crave human energy around me. I can’t stay cooped up for too long on my own without the buzz of a café, both figuratively (I LOVE COFFEE!!!!) and literally. Now since I’ve become a drummer/percussionist with a trio who plays for my girlfriend’s primal dance class (http://www.livingbuddhanature.com/zehara/), I’ve rediscovered that awesome vibe of creating musical art with others.

I used to play guitar and bass at American University back in the 90s and that was cool, but now playing with my bandmates Pam and Phil is a whole new kind of energy. The synergy of the three of us on djembes, doumbeks, tambourines, and other rhythmic instruments is the bomb! We start of with some African or Middle Eastern patterns and then just roll from there. Watching Zehara and her class dance to our drumming is also amazing.

Whatever creative path your on, get together with someone else and make some magic. You may find a whole new way of creating.

My djembe with a brand spankin' new head.

My djembe with a brand spankin’ new head.

Why so serious? The art of being silly

I don’t take myself too seriously and neither should you. By all means, take life seriously when it’s time to be an adult: paying bills, doing your work well, treating people with respect and so on. But, be a kid and have fun the rest of the time. Laugh at yourself when you do goofy things (I’m uncoordinated so I’m often bumping into things or break houseware so I just have to make fun of myself).

Have fun with your art and endeavors! Even if that day job is stressful or dificult, just find the humor in it. Reframe your thinking and pretend that you’re at a corporate circus. I’ve been there many times and if a boss ticked me off, I imagined them in a clown suit. Give it a whirl.

 

Getting goofy with Primitive King Crimson Man

 

Coloring Counts as Creativity



In my wellness classes, I’ve used black and white images for people to color in with crayons or pens and had great results. People who considered themselves creative as well as those who didn’t found great relaxation and enjoyment in the activity. Coloring definitely promoted happiness and relaxation in those classes for my participants and I could see the childlike glee on their faces.

Now, I’ve found a Huffington Post article specifically about coloring for wellness. The author even mentions Carl Jung utilizing coloring activities for his patients (I’ll do some more research on Jung and his coloring work and post another time). In addition, the article talks a bit about how the brain is positively affected as well.

Check it out here….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/coloring-for-stress_n_5975832.html