How meditation can help reboot your creative mind and help you find your muse
"MEDITATION BRINGS WISDOM; LACK OF MEDIATION LEAVES IGNORANCE. KNOW WELL WHAT LEADS YOU FORWARD AND WHAT HOLD YOU BACK, AND CHOOSE THE PATH THAT LEADS TO WISDOM.”
A creative mind that is free of all other thoughts, worries and ponderings is a creative mind with better muse finding potential. Meditation is a great way to reboot your mind, freeing it up of all this clutter , making easier for you to make new connections and ideas.
Let us say that your computer is running slow, making it impossible to get anything done. This sluggishness is generally caused when your computer’s memory (RAM) is overloaded with too many open applications, which forces the processor to overburden itself trying to keep everything running as you download music while watching videos and working on your term paper at the same time. If this happens, one of the best ways to kick things in high gear again is to go to the memory tray and kick out all of the programs that are running but do not need to be. Or, if you have no idea which programs are safe to get rid of, you can simply hit the reboot button, which will dump everything from the computer’s memory and allow you to start over with a clean slate.
Okay, before this turns into a full blown computer tutorial, let me get to the point and move on to the subject of creative inspiration. Whether or not we go around and talk in robot voices, our creative minds process things a lot like a computer. Generally, when we are trying to find inspiration, our minds are also working on dozens of other things, thus slowing down the process and making it so that even though we are hitting that muse icon on the desktop of our mind, the inspiration screen fails to pop up.
For instance, while you are trying to write that term paper, you are also thinking about the fight you had with your parents yesterday and even processing your future dinner plans. With all that stuff going on, it is no wonder why new ideas and inspirations fail to creep in and turn that paper into something that your professor is going to find interesting. What you need to do in order to get back on track towards creative e inspiration is to effectively shut down all the other processes, allowing you to focus on the here and now. One of the best ways to do this is through meditation.
Meditation is a way to clear your mind of past and future problems and to instead focus on the here and now. This heightened perception of now allows for more enlightened state of mind that helps you to see things much more clearly, allowing the muse to enter in. Like fixes to your computer, there several different way that you can meditate, reboot your hard drive and achieve a state of inner serenity:
- Breathing Meditation is where you concentrate on your breathing, pulling yourself back to the natural rhythms of this basic body process if your mind tries wander off and think about groceries and bills.
- Mantra Meditation helps clean the slate of your mind through repeating a singular word. This mantra can be given to you by an expert or you can even make one up yourself.
- Empty Mind Meditation is the willful clearing of the mind.
- Contemplation has you focus on a particular subject of interest and is popular among many monastic sects.
- Mindfulness has you achieve inner silence by having you open your mind to everything around you
- Walking Meditation: Like breathing meditation, but you are walking instead of sitting cross legged on your floor.
Different types of meditation work for different types of people, and it might take a while to find the one that helps you to effectively reboot your creative mind and start over with a clean slate. Taking some time to meditate everyday can help you be more creatively focused, allowing your muse to enter in and drive you forward in the process. So, the next time you are trying to get that creative processor that you call your mind to work to its full potential, try using meditation to clean house and see how much easier it is to find your muse when you are working on it to your fullest potential.