Meditation is a technique that allows a person to relax and tap into his or her creativity. I use it to relax and sleep. People need sleep to be healthy. If you feel a block when writing, try meditation as a way to relax and bring focus to your work.
One of the easiest forms of meditation is breathing. This is the meditation where you simply sit, or lie down, and focus on your breath. Count your inhales and exhales. Push all thoughts that are not related to your breath out off your mind. That’s the hard part. The point is if you need to focus, meditation can help you.
I’m not saying that meditation is the cure all, it’s just another tool for our creative process. That’s the point. Not all tools are the same and this one may not work for you. It doesn’t always work for me either, but I still try it when blocked. When I find that my mind is jumping from topic to topic, I’ll stop and try to meditate. When I find that I am resisting writing, I stop and meditate.
Meditation is best thought of as a tool. It’s not a goal, it is the means to attain a goal. That’s all it is. If you need to do something and you find yourself overwhelmed, try meditating. You don’t need any fancy tools, postures, or even techniques. All you have to do is focus on what you are doing. That’s a form or meditation. Instead of focusing on your breathing, you focus on what you need to do. Then do it. That’s the power of meditation.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that meditation is easy. It isn’t. It also isn’t thinking about nothing or having an empty mind either. It’s about directing your thoughts, focusing them on a particular thing, whether you choose to focus on your breathing or a particular task. That’s the true meaning of meditation. You could almost call it focus rather than meditation. That’s it. It sounds simple, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Sometimes your mind resists attempts to force it to focus. That’s when meditation is the hardest. That’s when you realize that meditation is self-discipline, pure and simple.
Whatever you are doing, trying to write a piece that isn’t coming along as well as you would like, or just trying to get some rest, meditation can help you achieve it. Find the method that works for you, there are hundreds of methods online, and do it. Focusing on my breathing and counting each inhale or exhale is what works for me. Good luck with whatever journey you are on and remember meditation may or may not work for you, but unless you try it, you will never know.