Life is richer for creativity. When imagination thrives, stories are published, poetry inspires, films are made, theatre shows entertain. The possibilities are infinite.
Creativity, however, requires space and our lives are often so busy that our minds can become crammed, leaving insufficient room for ideas to grow.
This is when meditation can help.
Not only can it calm your mind and create space but it can improve your attention and concentration too, helping you stick at your craft.
You don’t need a fancy approach or special equipment. You don’t need lots of time either. All you need is a quiet space and ten minutes.
One of the simplest ways to meditate is to close your eyes and imagine you are sitting at the edge of the lake of creativity.
As you watch the water ripple before you, breathe in for 4, hold for 7, breathe out for 8, and repeat. Focus on your breath and use it to calm the water until it is still.
Thoughts about life may drift in. Let them float away like water lilies.
Then, breathe and allow the water to still again.
Ideas may flow in. Let them float to shore.
If no ideas come, don’t fret. Enjoy the calm waters instead.
When your time is up, pick up your notebook and write in the stillness.