I try five week experiments to get more creative juice into my life. For this experiment, it’s 20 minutes of meditation every day.
Five weeks of meditation is done!
Unsurprisingly, it’s starting to become a morning habit. Like brushing my teeth in the morning, it just feels wrong to leave the house without meditating.
Morning meditations work best for me. In the night I’m too sleepy and distracted and things go all up in the air if I go out after work.
This does mean that I have to wake up earlier, which is not easy for me.
I’ve resorted to setting my alarm down the hallway out of the bedroom, because if it’s on my bedside table, I snooze until the very last minute.
I read that guided visual meditations are best for thinking out of the box and counting breath meditations strengthen your willpower.
Given how I have to leave my alarm 5 meters away from my bed, my best bet right now is to focus on the willpower-enhancing breath meditations (If you wanna go all fancy yoga, the breath meditations are called pranayama).
Some random notes during the experiment:
- I leaned heavily on guided meditations and am slowly getting self-sufficient with time and experience. I imagine it’s like learning ballet without actually going to a class. Lean on other people’s experiences for the first bit.
- Yogaglo has the best range of meditations
- iPhone apps are largely shit
- I talked to a friend that went on a 10-day vipassana retreat and the teachers recommended he practice for 2 hours every day. He’s the second person I know who went on this retreat and found the 2 hour commitment unsustainable and now doesn’t meditate at all. I’ll stick to my 20 minutes until I feel the need to add more time
- I’m still working on trying to fit a 20 minute yoga practice in during the morning as well
Does this make me more creative?
Well, it makes me worry less, which means I have more space in my mind to be creative.
It also sets me up to prioritise my most creative, most important stuff first during the day. And I think I’m turning into a better human, which is a good thing.
Will I continue with it?
Fuck yes. It’s breaking down rigid thought patterns and opening my way of thinking. Why wouldn’t you want more of that?