Why you need to begin a meditation practice.
Are you in search of your creative-side? That is the Real Hunger Game… if so, beginning a meditation practice can help.
What do you hunger for that you cannot name or do not recognize? Some would say it is creativity that really feeds the soul. Creativity is what we really hunger for and the capacity for creativity comes from deep within… an authentic place the yogis and Carl Jung called the Self. You can access that space by beginning a meditation practice. The space between waking and sleeping is the creative space. When you learn how to marry meditation with programmed visualization you start to experience yourself differently and understand the secret of creating the life you want.
Meditation feels so good because it loosens the boundaries of the ego. The deep meditative space is also known as the matrix of inspiration and creative breakthroughs. Most of us never go beyond the lens of the ego. The ego is a filter thru which you experience your reality that is based on the past, the culture and may not reflect who you really are. As creativity is denied in our culture and marginalized in the educational system, we feel a hunger we mistakenly try to fill ourselves by consuming things. For more information on how we are stifling creativity see Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk.
James Hillman the founder of what we call archetypal psychology said that “creativity is in and of itself an instinctual drive just like the drive to eat.” This means that the satisfaction of creativity is a requirement of life. We all have the need to fulfill our creative drive. How you go about doing that is what you need to look at. Most of us focus on our work and the roles we play in life such as parenting. This may not feed the creative drive and cause one to feel a sense of dullness about life that also lacks meaning. If so you are not feeding your creative drive properly, this could spill over into other drives like eating, shopping and other escapist modes of behavior that do not fulfill or fill.
So how do you get back on track? First we have to redefine creativity. I love this definition: “The genie of creativity is bottled up for most of us-to liberate the genie is to become a genius” (Goswami, 1999, p. 17). Then I believe you starting a beginning meditation practice will start to tune you in. Stay tuned to find out how to access the genius inside.
Goswami, A. (1999). Quantum creativity. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.