Like Buddhist monks in a monastery who can levitate and are able to find inner peace, a person can do the seemingly impossible in creativity once they are able calm and center themselves through meditation. But expecting too much too fast will lead nowhere, you must practice meditation for its own sake and believe that it is beneficial for you. Let’s take a closer look at what meditation can do to you.
Patience and clarity
The first experience with meditation can and will be extremely boring. You just have to sit there and do nothing but just focus on your present state. When you meditate you realize how cluttered you mind is.
There will be a lot of distractions: Did I leave the toilet seat up? Did I close the stove? Do I have to go to the bank today? When will this project end? Where should I go or what should I watch on the weekend?
Once you get past these, among other questions and get your mind focused on meditating (breathing etc.), nothing will distract you from having creativity when it matters. You mind will be clear, you just have to be patient with it.
Intense focus produces insightfulness
There was once this episode in the TV series, Scrubs, called my porcelain god. In that episode (spoiler alert) the janitor discovered discovers a toilet up on the rooftop called the “epiphany” toilet. Cutting a long story short, people start using that epiphany toilet, and in the process, realize the solutions to the problems that they have been having.
Meditation has the same effect, except you’re not taking a dump when it hits you: the solution to the problem you were trying so hard to figure out. Such is the insight that comes with intense focus, be it in a garden or a rooftop toilet. There’s nothing like fresh air going through your lungs, carrying oxygen to your brain to fuel your creative juices.
Overwhelming Calm and expanding consciousness
David Lynch, during one of his talks at the Majestic Theatre in Boston, said “If you have a golf-ball sized consciousness, when you read a book, you’ll have a golf-ball sized understanding… a golf-ball sized awareness, and when you wake up in the morning, a golf-ball sized wakefulness.” He went on to say that when you expand that consciousness (through meditation) you will have a better understanding will be more aware of your surroundings.
The key take away from is talk was that “there is an ocean of pure vibrant consciousness inside each one of us and it’s … at the source all thought…” Take in all of what is written in inverted commas, meditation can provide you with an ocean of consciousness and resulting ideas, which will do wonders for your creativity and over time your decision making and problem solving ability will become better.
If you want to start with meditation straight away it is important to know of its two components:
Samantha: Focusing on your breathing in order to develop feelings of calmness as it is as important to the creative process as glamour and stimulation. When you are able to develop this Samantha (calmness and consciousness) then you can really move on to the vipassana.
Vipassana: This is being mentally present in your current state. In vipassana, you are fully aware of all parts of yourself and your surroundings, such as the bodily sensations, feelings, and thoughts and the sounds and sights around you.