“If you’ve lost focus, just sit down and be still. Take the idea and rock it to and fro. Keep some of it and throw some away, and it will renew itself. You need do no more. “
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Creativity, inspiration and determination often arrive in the quiet moments after meditation. When my mind feels refreshed it is open to receive the gift of new ideas. It is important, however, to remember to be patient with myself. The calm refreshed state that comes with meditation can just as easily be crushed by impatience. I am not necessarily referring to the deep sitting meditation that is achieved after years and years of dedicated
practice. In this case, the sort of meditation that I mean can be as simple as a silent walk through the woods, a time given over to breathing in and breathing out. The process of letting thoughts go as soon as they present themselves and refocusing on breathing is very refreshing. Anyone can do this because it does not have to be perfect to be beneficial. To practice caring and loving that begins with taking loving care of oneself seems to be a natural follow-up to the meditation process. To extend the care and love to those around me with acts of kindness can be as simple as a smile or a thank you; both of which create a shared feeling of well-being. Generating feelings of well-being from within and allowing them to flow naturally and genuinely outward further generates a greater sense of well-being often exponentially from person to person. Try it as an experiment in a crowded shop one day. Smile with genuine caring kindness at someone you do not know, they will smile back and continue to smile at the next person and so on. If you observe for a while you will see it happening right before your eyes. Overall the reward is a very positive attitude and sense of well-being that welcomes….new ideas, inspiration, creativity and that amazing “can do” attitude that can take anyone anywhere to do anything they dream of. Nurture your creativity and it will grow.