THE VERSATILE ARTIST
THE VERSATILE ARTIST
Many people think meditation is about thinking nothing or to concentrate really hard.
The main meaning of meditation is to develop awareness, mindfulness so you can be present in the moment.
How does this affect creativity?
Creativity is energy that flows through you and wants to be expressed. Meditation helps you to connect with that flow.
Through meditation your brain function improves. The brain is very easy to distract, but through meditation you develop more control over it. You learn to use your mind more purposefully. If you want to make something creative meditation helps you to focus and stay focussed better.
Whatever you do it becomes clearer through meditation.
The filmmaker David Lynch is well known for his work with and for transcendental meditation. A very easily approachable form of meditation he has been practicing for over 40 years.
He explains that meditation expands our consciousness, our awareness. It allows to dive within that consciousness experiencing subtler levels of mind and intellect. In this unified field as it is called by modern physicists there are qualities such as bliss, intelligence, creativity, universal love, energy and peace. It‘s not about understanding this field intellectually, but about experiencing it.
By going there through mediation you enliven it, you unfold it, it grows and the final outcome is the full potential of all of us human beings and a side effect is that negativity starts to recede.
This negativity, like anger, depression, anxiety, is poison for the artist. It blocks creativity.
Meditation helps to grow the consciousness, the intuition and to find solutions.
It took me quite a while to get meditation. Mainly because when I first tried it in my early 20ies I was the type of person who has ants in her pants. I was always busy. A workaholic. It was before everyone had a smartphone, so I took books or print outs of things I thought I absolutely had to read even to the loo. I couldn‘t waste a minute. So sitting still for even 5 minutes wasn‘t possible for me, so I thought it wasn‘t for me.
The first form of meditation I encountered while I was like that did work for me was active meditation. The first part of it is shaking and or dancing to the point of exhaustion, followed by stillness.
Now, well I have become a bit more relaxed over the years, some of my perfectionism has dissolved, I have become pretty good at sitting still for 15-20 minutes to calm my mind, to focus on my breath and to stay in the moment.
What I want to say with that is that there is a huge variety of meditation out there, you can find all sorts on the internet, on meditation apps, YouTube, etc., and even if one isn‘t for you, there is probably somewhere a form that works for you.
Give it a go. And if meditation practice is already part of your life, I would love to hear your thoughts about it.
Lots of love,
Romana Carén is an actress, film and theater maker (writer & director), and singing instructor sharing her experience with juggling all her creative interests, the struggle to feel that you have to decide to be good at one of them, to constantly feel the drive to learn more, learn something new and how this inner artist can be set free to express itself in a healthy and fruitful way.