If you’re an interior designer or just someone whose business depends on coming up with new ideas every now and then, being creative is a must. As you probably already know though, one of the biggest challenges to creativity is getting the mind to shut up long enough for you to focus.
Now here is a good way to clear your mind for some new and different thinking that may sound a bit counter-intuitive. Before you start thinking about your creative project…
That’s right. Don’t think. At least not immediately. You see, ideas begin to flow or start to bubble up to the surface more readily when you first use a form of relaxation or meditation that slows or cuts down on all of your brain chatter.
Got a new project or problem that could use a healthy dose of creativity? Here is all you need to do to get started before you get started:
- Find a quiet place where there will be no interruptions including the phone or anything else that might disturb you.
- Pick a word or short phrase that will help focus and center your mind. This ‘mantra’ can be anything you want. Some suggestions might include the words: Original. Creativity. New idea. Prosperity. Success. (The options are endless. There is no right or wrong word. Whatever comes to your mind first and feels good is fine. PLEASE, DON’T OVERTHINK THIS PART!!!)
- Sit up straight with your palms facing up on your lap.
- Close your eyes (optional).
- Take a slow deep breath from your belly up through your nose all the way to your shoulders.
- Release the breath slowly through your nose in the reverse direction.
- As you breathe, focus on the word(s) you chose and keep repeating it silently to yourself.
- Do this for one, three, or five minutes (longer if you want.)
There is a really good chance that when you perform this exercise, other ‘life’ thoughts will vie for your attention. That’s okay and very natural. When this happens, just say to the thought ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ and go back to concentrating on your ‘word’.
All this may seem a little weird or difficult at first, but it gets easier the more you do it. After you do this exercise and your mind is at least a little clearer or focused, you should be able to start creating with a little more ease than you would’ve before.
Oh, and one side benefit of this brain ‘silencing’ technique is that it can lower your blood pressure and stress. Now it’s your turn. Let us know how this exercise works for you and if there are any techniques that you use to help get those creative juices flowing.