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.

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The Law of Attraction

IMG_2989.JPGI was backstage at a Fashion Show in Milan when I first heard another model talk about The Law of Attraction. Even though I have always been curious about that concept it took me until last night until I actually watched a movie called ‘The Secret’ on a 13 hr flight from Los Angeles to Berlin. This is going to be about my understanding of ‘The Secret’ and what I take away from this concept.

What is the Law of Attraction?

According to the movie the Law of Attraction is a universal rule saying that everything we have in Life- good and bad- has been attracted by us. Therefore if we think about the bad things that happened to us we will attract even more of these things. On the other hand the movie suggests that by Visualizing and Believing the things we want to have will automatically attract them into our lives.

An example: If we want to have financial succes and drive an overprized German car with a blonde girl sitting next to us we don’t focus on the fact that we are currently in debt or haven’t received any matches on Tinder. Instead we say: “I do have money!” And we visualize the car and imagine how it feels to sit in that car with the woman of our dreams.

By Visualizing what we want and feeling like we are already there, the Universe is going to provide it for us.

Why I am sceptical about the Law of Attraction

At first that sounds very plausible and I truly do believe in the Power of a positive mindset and optimism. What the Secret does not explain is: How exactly does a thought attract something tangible? In the movie it is shown as a Magical Impulse that goes out to the Universe which then acts as a Genie who makes that wish come true. But why and how does the Universe do that?

The Law of Attraction is introduced as a ‘Law of Nature’ but accepting something as a given fact without understanding the mechanisms and motivations sounds more like a Religion which is beautiful and provides hope- but solely based on Belief.

What I take away from the Law of Attraction

Even though I can not accept the Universal Mechanism that the Universe is going to provide what we think about but there are two main concepts that really inspired me in this Movie!

I) Awareness:

Thinking and Visualizing our Dreams is still very effective! It gives us a purpose when we walk around being aware of what we want. All that can happen on a subconscious level!

Example: We still want our car and are eating oysters at a restaurant. In that moment we are aware of our goal of making money and a business idea to sell the oyster shells as an exclusive piece of Art comes into our mind. This thought would not have been triggered without Visualizing and knowing exactly what we want.

II) Grattitude:

In my favorite section of the movie the narrator introduces a Grattitude Stone that he puts in his pocket as a reminder to be grateful. Whenever he touches it he thinks about all the things he is grateful for. Being grateful switches the focus from what we want to what we have! This was a great reminder for me. There are so many things we take for granted and acknowledging the fact that we have a lot creates a positive energy and attitude which then will attract more positive things.

This is not a Law of the Universe but a basic principle of Psychology. Being positive will be noticed by others and makes us more open to new opportunities and risks.