Mandy Nicholson

The Creative Genius Corner

Lessons, musings and advice from the author of ‘The Life I Won’

Why Meditation Is So Important For Creatives.

I used to think meditation was a bit ‘woo-woo’ for me.

I also thought my mind was too busy for me to be able to meditate.

I was wrong!

I first found meditation properly over 12 years ago now when I watched ‘The Secret’.

I signed up for a meditation course and there was no turning back.

I am going to be honest, however, it took me ages to master it.

And I don’t mean weeks.

YEARS!

I dabbled, nailing it then losing interest.

Not really seeing the benefit but doing it anyway because I thought I should.

So, what ARE the benefits of meditation?

The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

    • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations.
    • Building skills to manage your stress.
    • Increasing self-awareness.
    • Focusing on the present.
    • Reducing negative emotions.
    • Increasing imagination and creativity.
    • Increasing patience and tolerance.

Note the highlighted point – that is why we are here.

No matter where you look, what sites you visit, if you ‘Google’ what are the benefits of meditation, increased or improved creativity is on the list.

Meditation is a tool that can not only improve and increase your creativity but also make you feel calmer and more peaceful and experience less stress.

So, if you are feeling…

  • Overwhelmed with life
  • Stuck in your business
  • Anxious or stressed
  • Worried about money
  • Low self-esteem or self-worth
  • Comparing yourself to others
  • Experiencing creative blocks

It is time to introduce meditation into your daily routine.

I have no free meditation session to offer you, I use an App on my phone, but I can offer you advice on a solid morning routine that will really set you up for the day.

A morning routine created with intent can transform your life and your business.

Mine looks like this:

  • I wake naturally at 6 am, I have trained myself to do this over the years, and I take my dogs out for a 40-minute walk in nature
  • On this walk I listen to an audio book for my own self-development
  • I return and feed my dogs, do the morning chores and prepare the ingredients for dinner
  • Next, I shower and do my morning self-care routine
  • Finally, I take 10 minutes to follow my gratitude routine and then meditate for around 10 – 15 minutes

Following this routine allows me to feel relaxed and ready for the day. I am not anxious; my productivity is high, and my brain alert and I am in creation mode.

Following a routine that allows you to prepare for your day in a positive way will be transformative.

This is so important for creative people because their minds may be highly active but lack structure.

Calming the mind in order to allow it to perform in its ‘zone of genius’ is like switching to premium fuel in your car.

There are literally 1000’s of sites on the internet that can help you to get into meditation “Headspace’ is a great one.

But here are the personal benefits that I have experienced since introducing regular meditation into my life…

  • I have a much longer attention span, I can concentrate more deeply
  • I have clarity about what I want to achieve, and I am highly productive
  • My ideas come at a much higher level the first time, previously I would need to re-visit ideas
  • My control and focus when I am creating is better
  • I don’t feel anxious or stressed

In fact, I lost my husband at the beginning of the pandemic, and it was meditation that helped me to navigate the grief.

If you want to exchange some negatives for positives in your creativity and in your life, it is time to welcome meditation in.

Here are your next steps:

  1. Go and find a site or App that really resonates with you and sign up (I use CALM on my phone, and it costs £37 per year)
  2. Review your morning routine – can you get up half an hour earlier to accommodate the growth or are you more of an evening person?
  3. Cut yourself some slack, it takes time and perseverance to master meditation, the results are worth it

Track your progress and notice the subtle differences.

A great way to do this is to journal daily before you start for a week and then ongoing, then you can look back and really take note of the changes.

I wish you all of the luck in the world with this, NAMASTE.

Love & Colour

Mandy x

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