I’m currently reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
I had first started reading it many years ago, I believe back in 2009 or 2010, but had never finished it. In fact, I don’t think I had gotten very far into it at all. There’s something about reading Tolle that tends to put me to sleep. 😉 Even so, I was drawn to pick it up again, and I’m glad I’m progressing further in the book than I had my last attempt; I’m currently more than half-way through.
I recently read a paragraph that I found to ring very true for me, and thus I wanted to share it here with you as well. It’s just one paragraph, but I realized that it describes the process I use when I’m able to write anything that doesn’t come from a place that seems overly forced or coerced or from a sense of creative will. Rather, this process describes writing from a sense of being.
Being is flow.
I’ll share it with you now:
CREATIVE USE OF MIND
If you need to use your mind for a specific purpose, use it in conjunction with your inner body. Only if you are able to be conscious without thought can you use your mind creatively, and the easiest way to enter that state is through your body. Whenever an answer, a solution, or a creative idea is needed, stop thinking for a moment by focusing attention on your inner energy field. Become aware of the stillness. When you resume thinking, it will be fresh and creative. In any thought activity, make it a habit to go back and forth every few minutes or so between thinking and an inner kind of listening, an inner stillness. We could say: don’t just think with your head, think with your whole body.
I’m going to consciously practice this method next time I work on one of my creative projects. Perhaps I may even be able to refine the process and share that with you as well.
What are your favorite methods for tapping into creative flow? Feel free to share in the comments. 🙂
Drawing and reading books by Julia Cameron 🙂
I love to go for a walk in nature. Or if that’s not accessible at the moment, even a walk through the city can be stimulating. Moving helps me think with my body.
Thought provoking post!
I love walking and being in nature, too. It always leaves me with a sense of feeling renewed.
Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Ah! I love drawing, reading and journaling too! I don’t draw enough any more, but I used to draw and paint. Maybe I’ll get back into it.
Thanks for sharing! 🙂