Mindfulness is a powerful meditation technique practiced in yoga.
Being mindful means having an awareness of our present thoughts and feelings without judging them or reacting to them. In other words, it teaches us to observe our emotions without labeling them as “right” or “wrong”. The practice of accepting our experiences rather than struggling with them is an effective tool for dealing with the highs and lows that are a part of the creative flow. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, increase happiness, and promote divergent thinking, or the thought process used to generate and explore creative ideas.
A 2014 study conducted at Leiden University in the Netherlands found that mindful-meditation led to an increase in innovative thinking and the generation of new ideas. Clearing the mind from the fog of emotion allows our creative energy to be visible and more accessible.
Use everyday events as reminders to “center” yourself (i.e. your morning cup of coffee or the sound of your cell phone ringing). Allow these signals to remind you that it’s time to pause for a moment, take a few breaths, and observe our emotions and our thoughts. This allows us to focus and regroup.
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