When naming great creative talents, we might choose Michelangelo, Tennessee Williams, Maya Angelou or Ingmar Bergman. All of them were highly gifted. All of them produced exceptional works yet none had a monopoly on creativity. We all have the ability to draw from our own well of inspiration. Whether writing an essay for school, painting a watercolour or redesigning your home, it is possible to create something outstanding. You can do this by getting into a masterpiece mindset. This creative plane can be accessed through the practice of meditation. When we meditate we are both alert and relaxed. During meditation our brain waves slow down into the alpha state (7 – 13 cycles per second). This allows us to become more contemplative and focused. We open up our capacity for creativity and inspiration. The following meditation will allow you to connect with your own creative brilliance.
Sit on a straight-backed chair with no arm-rests or lie on a mat or on a bed. Support your head with a pillow if needs be. Make sure your legs and arms are uncrossed. If sitting, you can rest your arms on the top of your thighs. The important thing is to feel comfortable in your chosen position. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on your toes, noticing any sensations in your toes. Continue to do this for a few moments. Now move your attention to your feet and ankles, then on to your calves, your knees and your thighs. Allow your legs to completely relax. Next move the spotlight of your awareness to your pelvis, then on to your stomach and chest allowing these areas to relax too. Focus on your lower back then your upper back and your shoulders. Allow the upper half of your torso to relax. Now focus on the upper arms, the forearms and the hands. Focus on the neck, the back of the head, the crown and the face. Feel these parts of your body relax. Bring your attention to your breath. Notice how your stomach rises and falls as you breathe. Continue to do this for five minutes. If your mind begins to wander, do not criticize yourself. Simply bring the mind’s attention back to the breath. You should now be in a relaxed meditative state. You are focused and aware yet open to creativity and vision. When you are ready, silently repeat the following mantra:
I am creative. I am inspired.
Continue with this for a couple of minutes then bring the attention back to the breath. Focus on the breath for one more minute. Slowly bring your awareness back to your body. Focus on your hands and feet and gently wiggle your fingers and toes. Open your eyes and when you feel ready, get up. Press your toes against the floor and drink some water to ground yourself. Now go and create!