Okay, so I copped a bit of flack for declaring that I don’t suffer from that pervasive performance anxiety called “the block”. Well, I don’t. Some psychologists claim that creative gridlocks are the result of stress. Trying to force out a story before it’s ready, or before you’ve had enough rest. Stress is a physical response to life’s stresses. We cannot live a life without stress, since it part of our survival mechanism. We can only manage and co-exist with it. Until we understand this vital balance, we will always suffer the dreaded “block” and shut down creatively.
When we meditate, we can connect with our core, our most powerful inner wisdom and strength and source of compassion. You are an artist, a thespian. Let your soul soar high and your creativity even higher.
Here are some meditative techniques to soothe your soul; creative or otherwise:
CREATE A GRATITUDE LIST
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more – Melody Beattie.
Everyday, spend a few moments writing five things you are thankful for, no matter how trivial. Be thankful that you can type a script, be thankful that you have a place to write, be thankful that you have been blessed with creativity.
Tense and release your body and breathe deeply afterwards. You can tense your entire body at once or one part at a time. Honor your body for the work it’s doing. Stretch your shoulders, arms, back and the areas that stiffen with prolonged periods at your desk.
Close your eyes and bring awareness to your breath. Picture a radiant sun shining above you. Visualize it’s rays bathing your body. Breathe some more, directing your breath to the areas with most tension. This can be either in seated or lying position.
These can be secular or religious. Think of a word or phrase that brings you comfort. Focus on these words for a few minutes. The word “gentle” works for me. Other possible words include love, wonder, spirit, divine, relax, peace, amen or om. Remember, we are mercurial creatures, so a word that works one day, may not work the next.
My neighbors won’t speak to me anymore, but singing gives your lungs a work out. Try happy, uplifting songs. A dirty ditty or a religious hymn. You chose.
Have a power nap and tell your subconscious to iron out a plot point, develop a character or tend to a specific point in your story giving you grief. Being in a less than fully conscious state, unleashes your creativity and can create some of your best work.
Let’s end with some quotes:
“There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them.” Tom Krause (motivational speaker)
“I shut my eyes in order to see.” Paul Gaugin (painter)
If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.” Jesse Jackson (American Civil Rights Leader)
You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.” Zig Ziglar (motivational speaker)
“When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” Madonna