Have a project to work on but feeling blank?
Here are 3 ways to boost your creativity now:
- Add Color
The next time you get started on a project, mapping out your ideas or brainstorming some big event—get out the markers and colored pens. Seriously, it sounds simple but color invites creativity to spark.
- Spend Time in Nature
Getting outside, breathing in fresh air and awakening to the natural beauty around you invites a state of presence. When you are fully immersed in the moment of beauty, it helps our thinking mind quiet down so that our creative mind can wake up. The next time you are stuck trying to figure out a problem, or find yourself staring at a blank screen—go outside and see for yourself the magical power that nature ignites.
Much like spending time in nature, active meditation invites our thinking mind to quiet down so that our creative mind can wake up and speak to us.
Meditation is simple. Unfortunately, so many people I talk to tell me “I can’t meditate, it just doesn’t work for me.”
What I’ve discovered is that people who say this are under the impression that there is a “right” way to meditate.
They often think you need a meditation cushion, candles, incense, and need to be an expert in the meditation mantras and secret codes in order to benefit.
Not only is that total B-S (even-though some gurus might want to lead you to believe that you must practice by their trademarked ways) it’s just not true. Meditation is as natural as breathing.
And that’s basically all there is to it—since attention to your breath is one of the most basic ways to practice meditation (I’ll explain this more in a moment)
Meditation is a vehicle to exercise your awareness muscles. Basically you find any comfortable position, and say “I am going to meditate now”. That intention alone awakens meditation. Then you practice non-doing. You practice non-thinking.
But guess what? The mind likes to be active—and that’s OK. Since the mind likes to be busy, one of the best techniques to keep the mind occupied is to pour all of your minds energy onto your breath. The idea is, if you are so focused on your breathing it will be pretty hard to be thinking about anything else. And since it is very common to get distracted and slip back into thought, the awareness factor of meditation is to simply notice the thoughts the do arrive.
Become the observer of your thoughts. Take note of what thoughts arise. Don’t get mad at yourself for being human and having an active mind.
Meditation isn’t about good or bad, right or wrong. Meditation is a practice of observing, and witnessing the experience as it is, without needing to control or judge it. So if thoughts come in, you simply notice and allow. Accept the experience for what it is, and please recognize that your experience is the perfect meditation.
And just because a thought pops up doesn’t mean you need to instantly act on it. Just because a worried, angry, or funny thought passes through your mind doesn’t mean you need to react to it. All you do is watch it like you’re watching a movie.
And then, if you want to integrate another technique to help quiet the thoughts—it all comes back to the breath.
The breath is always occurring in the present moment, and so if you place your attention on something that is happening in the present, it helps you harness your ability to be present.
In meditation—if you turn your attention and thinking mind to the breath, it helps to quiet down the thoughts. It helps to increase the space between thoughts.
And you know what’s so amazing about meditation? In as little as 5 minutes it helps to relax your body, mind, and awakens new ideas, insights and innovative ways of doing things.
If you want more step-by-step guidance on how to meditate, including 4 specific meditation please Click HERE to access my Meditation E-Book. I wrote it for you, because I believe everyone should have access to meditation without paying thousands of dollars to some guru to learn how.
Ok, that’s all for now.
I wish you a creative day, and I would LOVE to hear if:
1. Are you gonna use one of these tips today?
2. Whats your way of igniting your creativity?
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