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Meditation
19-Jan-2016

Meditation for creative entrepreneurs

Raise your hand if you made a resolution to meditate more in 2016. (I’m raising my hand). Since January 1 how many times have you taken the time to get quiet with yourself? (I’m counting half the fingers on my raised hand.)

Meditation has hit the mainstream and it’s something we’ve all learned is as important to our health and well-being as exercise and eating right. If you’re like me it’s hard for you to make sitting with yourself in silence a priority. It’s just so easy to put off when you have blog posts to write, TV shows to watch, books to read, treadmills to run, Pinterest to peruse, things to design, and a world to take over. As I’m trying to develop my own meditation practice I’ve been giving lots of thought to different kinds of meditating and tools to help me stick with it. Here’s what I’ve uncovered:

THE SIT DOWN & BURN INCENSE KIND OF MEDITATION:
So this is what I think of when I picture what meditation looks like. And this is often the kind of meditation that I put off and don’t make time for. I’ve found that my challenge with sitting down and being silent with myself is that my mind starts to race. I get that meditation is the practice of stilling those said racing thoughts, but it can be such a struggle. So I’ve found that having an intention or even a guided story in my mind helps me find focus and the kind of deep peace I’m looking for with my meditation practice. I share four different meditation “stories”, weekly, in my DIY Coaching for Creatives Email Sessions that I’ve found super helpful to developing my own sit-down-and-meditate practice. It’s not a typical guided meditation where you plug in the headphones and listen to someone talk to you. It’s more like a narrative or guide that you read and recount for yourself as you settle into silence.

If you are interested in more hands-on guided meditations check out Deepak Chopra’s guided meditations. Or check out this Buddhify app. My life coach friend recommends these freebies at Tender Logic. You can also find lots of free guided meditation resources on YouTube. Also, try seeking out meditation classes being held in your area!

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Different types of meditation for creative entrepreneurs

MOVING MEDITATION:
I firmly believe that while sitting in silence with yourself to meditate is a great way to tap into your subconscious that a moving meditation can be just as powerful – if not more so. (Or maybe it’s my way of justifying not sitting down every day to get all spiritual with myself.) Either way. Moving meditation is my favorite. This might look like dancing, yoga, rock climbing or simply sweating it out at the YMCA. The idea is to climb into your body and find a focused awareness in your breath and movement in a way that silences your mind (even if a spin instructor is yelling at you to push it). I also believe that moving your body with focus and intention helps energy and emotions flow, release, and recharge as needed.

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LIVING MEDITATIVELY:
Okay, so if you really can’t get into sitting down to meditate or moving meditation, try living meditatively. In other words, be present. I practice living meditatively when I’m doing chores. Cleaning, folding laundry, washing dishes, and cooking dinner are all opportunities to practice presence and living meditatively. As you’re going through the motions try and focus solely on the task at hand. Give 100% of your attention and awareness to that bowl your washing or those veggies you’re chopping. Showering and brushing your teeth are also great times to practice living meditatively.

I’ve found that practicing presence and stilling my mind while I’m doing mundane tasks like personal hygiene or housework gives my mind space to come up with creative ideas and solutions I wouldn’t have thought of if I had been sitting in front of my computer working.

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THE TWO MINUTE MEDITATION:
Almost every creative I work with wants to incorporate more meditation, prayer, stillness, whatever you want to call it, into their day. But it can be easy to put off when you think about all the effort that goes into taking time to be still. I myself have been putting off my own meditation practice because the amount of emails I could answer or the blog post I could write in the time I should be dedicating to meditation wins. So lately I’ve been practicing the 2-minute meditation.

Because two minutes is all it takes.

Taking two minutes to center and ground myself has been working wonders for my attitude and ability to focus. I find it especially helpful to take two minutes before I transition from one task to another. So before I go into a meeting, before I sit down to write, before I go pick up my baby from daycare … I simply take two minutes to be still.

Try this: Close your eyes. Feel your feet or sacrum firmly rooted to the earth. Quickly scan your body from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. Inhale to the count of four and exhale to the count of eight. Flood your body with light and as you exhale feel yourself relax a little more. You can do all of this in just minutes. Try incorporating this practice throughout your day over the next week.

P.S. If you like this post you might like my DIY Coaching for Creatives Email Sessions. It’s 4 emails x 4 weeks (16 emails total) for just $40. Complete with worksheets, exercises, mantras, meditations, and to-dos for time management, decision-making, and strategies for living more of what you love – in work and life. You can learn more about what you’ll get and purchase anytime here.

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