Creative Militancy Pt. 3: Access Your Creative Mind

Between returning emails, running to meetings and checking your voicemail–do you have time to be creative, inventive? Do you ever feel like a robot completing one task after another? In most corporate settings, we are slaves to our “to-do” lists. So when do you have time to think of a good idea?

As a part of my series on becoming a creative militant, I want to explore how we can tap into our creative unconsciousness. In Fast Company’s June 2011 issue (article alerts here) there is a wonderful article that I found: “Exercising The Minds Muscle. The writer claims that slowing down is actually the best way to ignite your creative brain.

Don’t underestimate the power of meditation or the importance of giving your mind a break. You may think that meditating is just for hippies or new age folks who did yoga before it was in style. But according to Ron Alexander a therapist, meditation teacher and author of Wise Mind, Open Mind, meditation “…is an excellent strategy for becoming successful in your profession, as well as the bigger game of transforming yourself and the people who work with and for you.” Alexander claims that meditation “sets the stage” to tap into out creative unconsciousness. His suggestions for mindfulness meditation include:

1. Sitting in a cross-legged position or in a straight-backed chair with your feet on the floor. If you prefer to lie down, keep your eyes slightly open.
2. Set an alarm for 12 to 20 minutes.
3. Concentrate on your breath as it leaves and enters your nostrils or as your belly rises and falls.

Reclaim your creativity by taking yourself off the corporate treadmill for a few minutes a day. Your mind deserves a chance to recharge. Our current corporate culture makes us feel that we can’t afford to spend time doing anything that isn’t directly related to our “to do” list. Don’t accept that.

Find the right place. Save some time for your mind. Time to think and meditate isn’t just for people who work in entertainment or executives with a swanky corner office. Walk away from your cubicle, make a morning commute playlist, close your office door, leave your desk during lunch—do whatever you have to do to access and unleash your creative energy!

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