Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Nuturing Your Creativity with The Artist Meditation
Sometimes we are bombarded and over stimulated by our outside world to the point where our creative process just is overwhelmed and we appear to be blocked creatively. That can be changed by nurturing your artist spirit by clearing your clouded mind. The artist meditation for creativity
Let’s start the day right off the bat with some quiet me time. Even if you have to get up early to say set your clock one hour earlier than everyone else in the house for some important quiet me time. This is important especially when you first wake up to think about the things you really want to attract in your life, your dreams and desires that would be so lovely to have every day. I suggest what I do which is I meditate in quiet first and as soon as I am done I visualize. Let's talk about meditation first.
Meditation is different from prayer. Prayer is asking, meditation is listening. To meditate you have to make time for yourself. Like prayer where you can do it anywhere anytime, you can learn to do the same with meditation. Be patient and learn to meditate. Even five minutes is enough to meditate and then you can use a little more time to visualize after meditation. The more you do this the more you will build up a reserve in your subconscious mind of the things that it will bring to you. Take time to think out critical issues. Make time, start small then work up to 30, 60, 90 minute uninterrupted time periods although 10 to 15 minutes once a day is plenty. Start with a small amount of time say 5 minutes. You will need quiet time for this that is uninterrupted, silent time. When you have quiet silent time you activate your super subconscious and trigger intuition, your inner genius. In your quiet time you can also go for a walk, do a chore and move about quietly with structure, however I like to sit and be quiet.
It is important to relax and replenish, nurturing your creative spirit everyday. Take time to rejuvenate your emotions, energy and vitality.
Here's a quick little meditation I do. I suggest for you if you're not sure what to do to meditate. I set aside a little quiet time, just for me, in the morning and evening.
The Artist Meditation:
Sit up straight in a firm but comfortable chair quietly with both my feet on the ground and begin to pay attention to your breathing. Breathe in deeply and breathe out deeply, as You do this You began to relax your body. Try it. Breathe in and breathe out, breathe in and breathe out. Then begin to relax. Start with your toes relax your toes completely breathe in breathe out, now relax your feet, breathe in and breathe out. Your toes and your feet are both relaxed. Breathe in and breathe out, now relax your ankles, now relax your lower legs relax your upper legs, relax your hips, relax your buttocks, relax your abdomen, relax your chest area, relax your shoulders, breathe in and out, relax your arms wrists and hands, breathe in, breathe out, relax your neck, your jaw, your facial muscles and breathe in and breathe out. You will notice that your breathing has become lighter as you relax your body. Do this for a full five minutes. Just concentrate on relaxing your body and breathing. As you become more comfortable meditating you can drift off and dream and let the thoughts come and go and take yourself to lovely places of rest and relaxation where sometimes brilliant ideas come to you.
One thing I like to do during meditation is picture myself in a beautiful sunny meadow, sitting or laying on the beautiful grass in my imagination and enjoying the peaceful setting. When I am ready I come back to the room fully where I'm sitting and then do some visualization exercises which I cover in some of my books.
If you fall asleep don’t worry, your body may have needed to rest.
Your body is a magnificent vehicle that houses your soul and spirit, treat it well and it will carry you to amazing places. By doing daily meditation you value and honor our body and appreciate it's worth. Spirit provides you with access to endless resources. Meditation sparks the creativity you seek.
Other Meditation Exercises.
Go for a quiet walk every day, let it go.., for 30 to 60 minutes. Physical Quiet exercise is one of the best forms of meditation. Often after quiet exercising you may gain insight and unexpected new creative ideas. This works for me and I hope it works for you too. Getting outside is also a form of getting grounded. Literally get grounded possible take off you shoes and socks and stand on the earth if you cant do that purchase a container or clay pot, some potting soil and some small plants or flowers, get your hands in the dirt and create a little potted garden, this is wonderful quieting grounding exercise.
Meditation is quiet exercise, not noisy a exercise. Working out at the gym is another form of meditation however many gyms have music blasting, people yelling and 24 hour news channels bombarding you with image negativity. Meditation affects your creative subconscious. Think twice about where you exercise, remembering that meditation is listening.
Meditation exercises help you develop living in the moment skills, a powerful tool for nurturing your creative and artistic spirit within.
To your artist success and creativity,
RD Riccoboni, The Art Traveler
Painting above: Winter on The Lake by RD Riccoboni.
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