What does it mean to have a spiritual practice? It isn’t religious for me in anyway, but maybe the connotations of believing in something greater is what is in it for me.
I believe that our ideas come from some place far off. They tap on us and ask us if we want to have a relationship with them. They float around buzzing here and there waiting for someone to listen. Ideas come from the ether. And for me, believing in that ethereal vortex is how I tap into my consciousness. But what does it have to do with creativity?
As mentioned in my previous blog, “how do you tap into the creative process?”, the creative thinking is the act of recognizing relationships between concepts and tapping into new connections for old ideas. In order for your mind, your thoughts, and your soul to do this at its most optimal performance, you as a creative, have to step back and receive.
That’s right. Step away from the crazy and be fully present in the now.
So how do you do that? How do you find the inspiration? Well, friends, as crazy and simple as it sounds, it is crazy and simple.
A spiritual practice allows you to clear the space to receive.
It allows you to be open to spirit. It allows you to be in spirit, which essentially, if you literally combine the words together is “inspirit” (look somewhat like inspiration?)
Today’s climate and culture is that of consumerism. We are giving a lot of our energy to social media, partying, TV, internet games, and other forms of entertainment. We are consuming more and more of these demons without understanding the systems to fight against self-destruction. And we are less and less, stepping back to receive. To listen. To hear what is best for us and what we can do to get onto a path of innovation and healing.
The benefits of a spiritual practice allow our creativity to unfold. It allows for us to transform our life and materials in ways that align with our consciousness. It allows for us to be more present and get back things that are valuable like our time.
Here is an example, have you ever sat on the couch after work and turn the television on? You just want to sit, eat, and take a few moments to relax and spend your time off shaking work off. Right? But then, all of a sudden, you look up, and it is dark outside, and you are now exhausted. If anything, you feel like you haven’t really gained much of the energy back that you got from expelling it at work.
That is because you are still consuming. You are still not in the present moment and you are still not tapped into your consciousness. Sometimes that is okay, but it is not okay for our creativity.
We need our time back, we need to tap into that present moment, and we need to detox from the crazy and receive.
For me, there are a couple ways that I tap into my spiritual practice and here are a few.
Meditation even for 10 minutes gives me back an exponential amount of time. Sometimes, I spend time meditating on my breath, use HeadSpace and the timer on the App to do just 10 minutes, or sometimes, I tap into the Akashic Records on an hourly long guided meditation.
Meditation allows me to step back from the crazy. It reconnects me with my consciousness and even after 10 minutes of it, I am more present and aware. I am more inspired and excited.
At my studio, I have lead multiple meditations for the community and I have physically seen the angst from people’s faces remove after just a few minutes. Muscles relax, their breath returns, and they feel more focused and less stuck in the mind.
Taking walks out in nature is a walking meditation on it’s own. If you sit around at your office all day, you will find that the mystery of physical exercise and natural visual landscapes will recharge you. There is something magical about outside. It reconnects us to our surroundings and honestly, who doesn’t love getting off work and staring at the clouds? I mean, talk about gorgeous, am I right?
I mean sometimes we need to get it out. Am I right? Sometimes, a meditation or a walk just isn’t going to cut it. We feel blocked. We feel emotional. We have a loop in our head going on that is consistently raising our heartbeat. Journal it out. Write it all down. Write down your hopes, your dreams, your hates, your loves. Get it out of your head and onto the paper. Nothing like a good vent to give you space in your mind for new connections and more inspiration.
These are just a few things that allow me to have a spiritual practice.
And for me, a spiritual practice is just enough to be motivated enough to just do whatever it is I want to do. I mean, we are here in the image of our creator, are we not? Let’s get to creating!