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.
I was lucky to study with David Nichtern, Buddhist teacher of the Shambala tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
The 100-hour teacher training was facilitated by Dharma Moon and Tibet House US.
Whether you'd like to chat about the importance of mindfulness meditation for creators, or are interested in lessons, use this form to get in touch.