It is only in the last year, as I have embarked on my spiritual Soul journey, that I have heard time and time again that to connect with our creative flow, we need to step back, slow down and be open to the Universe.
Now, I don’t know about you, but this sounded extremely strange to my mind. I failed to see how doing nothing could provide the solutions or insights needed to undertake a task. I was used to working hard to get things done with the instilled ethos – keep working away to get results. This new method was alien to me.
However, if nothing, I am curious. When something is brought to my attention three times (thank you Universe) I sit up and pay attention. And so it was with this concept, I decided to test the theory for myself. There was something appealing about easing up and allowing the answers or creative ideas to flow to me.
So what happened?
Well, I decided that it warranted further investigation and did some further research into this approach. My findings were quite interesting, and really quite rewarding.
The all-important step was to learn how to embrace the “silence”, and there are 3 methods I tried out:
2) Mundane/routine tasks
3) Time in Nature
Calm the Mind with Meditation
More and more we are reading and seeing meditation integrating into our mainstream way of living. For example, Yoga and many other fitness and spiritual disciplines utilizes meditation. It has been proven that allowing the mind to enter a quiet state, allows the mind to think more clearly and the body to de-stress.
People who meditate regularly often say they receive solutions or creative ideas in this calm mind state. It would seem that whilst the mind is clear of all the noise and clutter – open it to receiving new insights.
Even Einstein proclaimed that opening the mind was the way for ideas to be generate.
The Power of Mundane Tasks
Another way to allow the brain space to work, is to do boring mundane tasks. Many creative geniuses, including a few well-known bestselling authors, have managed to create great works while still working their day-jobs.
Many have found that doing routine tasks frees up the creative side of the brain. Routine tasks occupies the ‘Left Brain’ and creates space for the creative ‘Right Brain’. I know that while doing ironing my mind goes off on a tangent and soon it is a buzz with thoughts and ideas. I must admit, as I am writing my first fiction book, I see the storyline with characters appearing in movie-style screens in my mind. So often doing some mundance household tasks ends up juicing up my writer’s mind. I just need to make sure I allow time to sit down and write it all down.
Time in Nature
Walking in Nature is also a great way to clear your head and as you focus on the moment, taking in the beauty around you – your mind will use the silence to formulate ideas. Many creative souls include a walk as part of their daily routine.
The results have been extremely supportive, and I enjoy the peace and calm each method brings. I cannot say that one method is better than the other. It totally depends on the individual. I find that a mixture of all methods work well – one day I might enjoy a soul-boosting walk, the next a quiet meditation, and even ironing has prompted useful insights.
As the adage says “Silence is Golden”, and it certainly can be for writers.
Make time for SILENCE in your day – you too will be surprised at the results.