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Creative minds need creative breaks.
The obsession with being always on, always actively at work is counter-productive.
The expectation we set on ourselves to produce one fantastic, earth-shattering project after another, on a daily, weekly and monthly basis is exhausting, and not a successful strategy.Creatives need healthy, strong minds to work with. Click To Tweet
Expectations cannot be achieved, ideas cannot flourish, if the mind is cluttered, the eyes are tired, the soul depleted. Inspiration can run dry on a landscape that is not being irrigated.
As part of our successful creative habits, we support the need to cultivate mindfulness and mindful rituals to irrigate the mind, give ideas space to bounce around, give inspiration a cleared path to show us the way through.
What do we mean by mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the process of bringing our attention back to the present moment by fostering Quietness, practicing Stillness and reaching a mental state of Total Awareness.
In this new creative renaissance, a new creative culture is being fostered by co-working spaces, incubators and other forms of synergy. We thrive on other people’s creative energy, bouncing ideas, sharing, experimenting within a creative community.
But creative minds need to retreat into themselves with this gathered outside information. We need quiet. We need silence. We need to be aware of the shape and color of our own ideas.
The shift toward practicing mindfulness is a lot to take in at once. In upcoming posts, we’ll dive deeper into each element of our mindfulness practice. For now…
Here’re 5 simple benefits of cultivating mindfulness as creatives:
1. It enhances our ability to deal with setbacks.
2. It encourages a healthy, objective and positive outlook.
3. It boosts our creative energy from within.
4. It boosts our focus and attention to a single, unifying point.
5. It uncovers previously untapped ideas and solutions.
Let’s implement a creative mindfulness practice, one small ritual at a time.
Which mindfulness ritual are you curious to incorporate into your creative habits? Share below!