Creative Meditation

Nowadays our Lives are a lot faster and full of events every single day! As a result- Our minds are constantly running and trying to keep up with that pace. This often results in Stress and Unhappiness.

Meditation has been helpful to find mental peace and clarity. But sitting down to actively meditate is extremely hard for most people. Maybe it is time to find an entirely new way to meditate!

What is Meditation?

Many consider that we meditate when we sit down and focus on our body and breath. Some say Meditation is something that brings peace by mentally concentrating on one thing.

I think it can best be best described as a state of thoughtless awareness. When meditating we do not actively think about what happened 5 minutes ago or what is gonna happen next week. We are in a calm state of mind and yet fully aware of the present moment and of the way our body feels.

This state of thoughtlessness goes along with a feeling of deep happiness that does not depend on any external sources.

Why is it so hard?

If the benefit she are so clear why don’t we all meditate more often?

Our minds have been conditioned to be busy. Our society has created a constant pressure to be productive and sitting down almost feels like a sin. After 3 minutes most people feel the urgent need to get up, move or check their phones.

I personally find it easier to motivate myself for a workout at the gym than to simply sit down and think nothing for 10 minutes.

After practicing for a while I got better but over the Easter Weekend I realized that there is a completely different and more effortless approach to Meditation.

Easter Egg Realization

As an Easter tradition I met up with a couple of friends in New York for a Brunch and had been running around all morning studying lines for an important audition.

Even when with my friends I felt a little stressed and caught myself thinking about the audition and what it could mean for my career.

Then we all decided to sit down and paint Easter Eggs- something I hadn’t done since 3rd grade. From there in everything changed. A group of 10 people spent over 1 hour in absolute silence- both verbally and mentally!

There were no thoughts running through my mind I got lost in the colors and in the creative process of painting this egg.

Creative Meditation

Even though I didn’t realize it at the time I had just gone through a meditation and felt the same mental focus and general feeling of happiness, empty of negative thoughts and worries.

Meditation is more than actively sitting down. It lives in every Creative Process if we allow our minds to completely get lost in it.

For some people it can be playing and instrument or painting. For me it is even the way I cook new dishes without any thoughts fully committed to the Creation of something beautiful. Even running or swimming can result in a meditative state when we are fully aware of our body and the movement we are going through.

If we all make some room for Creativity in our every day Life-Meditation can become effortless!

The Long Game

We all have certain goals and things we want to achieve. Some want to become writers or singers, some want to own businesses and make a lot of money. Whatever it is we want to do, the motivation is usually always the same…

I) The Problem

Nowadays it is all about recognition. A number of followers or a balance on a bank statement define who we are and becomes the main purpose of our efforts.

If you are a singer and only a few people listen to your music you might feel discouraged and quit your job. Especially through social media we are constantly reminded of what we do not have and being exposed to all these success stories makes us feel like we failed at what we are doing just because things are not moving fast enough or we don’t get a lot of attention.

II) The Truth

Media in general draws a false image and doesn’t show the unglamorous failures and the hard work of these succes stories.

– J.K.Rowling was rejected 12 times by different publishers and was living in poverty with her daughter before Harry Potter earned over $ 400 million in book sales alone.

– Leonardo Da Vinci was considered a ‘loser’ and barely sold any of his art until he was 46 years old before his break with ‘The Last Supper’ in 1482.

I honestly don’t think that I would have not had the power to keep going after such a long period without any recognition so what made them continue their work for such a long time?

III) The Solution

The Secret is called Passion. Their main motivation to create was not to reach an audience or to get recognized and respected for their work. The purpose was in the work itself.

This is also called autotelic– a quality shared by almost everybody who is considered to be succesful: Van Gogh and Stephen King both spent years working and creating something every day without anyone ever noticing. Just the creative process of writing a book or painting was rewarding enough for them to continue.