As a certified teacher, I integrate mindfulness meditation into my creativity coaching practice.
I also teach individual and group lessons.
What is mindfulness meditation?
The Tibetan word for meditation is gom, which means becoming familiar.
When we practice mindfulness meditation, we become familiar with our mind by bringing awareness to the present moment (usually through the sensation of the breath) without any judgment or attachment.
As a foundational practice in Buddhism, mindfulness meditation has been practiced for more than 2,500 years. However, it can be practiced in a secular way.
All you need is a bit of time and a quiet place to sit. And despite all you can read online, or see on Instagram, you don't need any accessories, rituals, apps, or brain-sensing headbands.
Mindfulness meditation and creativity
In my coaching practice, I'm interested in exploring the intersection of mindfulness meditation and creative practices.
There are many many studies on the topic:
- Capurso, Viviana, Franco Fabbro, and Cristiano Crescentini. "Mindful creativity: the influence of mindfulness meditation on creative thinking." Frontiers in psychology 4 (2014): 1020.
- Horan, Roy. "The neuropsychological connection between creativity and meditation." Creativity Research Journal 21, no. 2-3 (2009): 199-222.
- Müller, Barbara CN, Anastasija Gerasimova, and Simone M. Ritter. "Concentrative meditation influences creativity by increasing cognitive flexibility." Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts 10, no. 3 (2016): 278.
I've experienced the benefits of mindfulness meditation on my creative practice first hand: less discursive thoughts, more making.
It helps to remember that our practice is not about accomplishing anything—not about winning or losing—but about ceasing to struggle and relaxing as it is. That is what we are doing when we sit down to meditate. That attitude spreads into the rest of our lives.
Hi, I'm Thomas.
After meditating on and off for 13 years, using various methods embedded in different traditions, I've decided to become certified as a mindfulness meditation instructor in the Shambala tradition.
I bring years of experience to the mat, but also more than that: the challenges that I've experienced as a creative and how meditation enabled me to transcend them to simply create and accept my creative practice as it is now.
I would love to help you start your meditation journey, or be a gentle guide wherever you are on the path.
I'm looking forward to connecting with you.
I was lucky to study with David Nichtern, Senior Buddhist teacher of the Shambhala tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
The 100-hour teacher training was facilitated by Dharma Moon and Tibet House US.
Recent blog posts about meditation
What’s the relationship between meditation and creativity, and can sitting for 20 minutes of meditation really make you more creative?
For the first guided audio meditation that I’m offering on my site, I recorded a variation of the 61 points meditation taught by Swami Rama.
Do you have any questions?
Let me know how I can help you.