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Creative Snacks

A dear friend of mine teaches a workshop about meditation “snacks.” These are short teachings of ways to relax, breathe and go within for short periods of time. It’s a great way to begin a meditation practice or if you are pressed for time to squeeze one in.

I was thinking of my friend today, of her meditation snacks. I started to wonder, could this work for encouraging creativity? This question kept flickering in my mind. Yes, I believe it can. See what you think. Will you join me?

  1. Commit to trying it, as an experiment.
  2. Gather a small journal (6″x4″; 5.5″ x 8.5″) or notebook and a pencil.
  3. Set up your space, in your home, in your car or at the park just make a place.
  4. Set a timer for 20 minutes.
  5. Notice how your mind feels right now.
  6. Take a deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  7. Notice how your body feels. Is there tension?
  8. Take another deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  9. Begin by writing your name repetitively until you fill the page.
  10. Use your pencil to shade in the spaces around the lines that make your name (or use colored pencils/markers).
  11. Stop when the timer sounds.
  12. Take another deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  13. Notice how your mind feels now.
  14. Put it away without judgment. It is the process we are focused on, not the product.
  15. Take a moment to appreciate yourself for experimenting.

That’s all. Seems so easy doesn’t? So why don’t we do it? That’s a post for another time, I feel. Stay tuned for more Creative Snacks. There’s even a workshop coming soon! Check back for details.