What is the first thing you do in the morning? Well. if you are like most people.. you roll over to check your phone. I used to do this every morning too but then I realized that I was spending at least 20 minutes each morning with my phone in the air doing random clicking and scrolling in a zombie-like trance.
This was not a good way to start the day.
Something had to change and so last year I deleted soul sucking apps (like facebook and two dots) from my phone and added a meditation app.
I have been meditating daily for over a year now. So after a cursory glance at my inbox (which is pretty lean since I an obsessive filter user) I turn on one of my meditation apps.
Affirmation play lists
At first, I started with affirmation audio by Louise Hays and also guided meditations from the Law of Attraction franchise. However, these grew a bit old and tiresome especially since I didn't care for the saccharine sweet background piano music.
Last summer, I discover a meditation app called "Calm" and have been meditating daily ever since. I sing praises to the effects of mediation to anyone who will listen as I have noticed both long term as well as short term benefits to meditating.
Short Term Affects
I haven't missed very many days since I first started. However, I find that on days that I have meditated in the morning I am calm and focused the rest of the day and it is easier for me to focus on long stretches of working in the studio.
Meditation combined with the exercise and a daily journal practice is the trifecta of my art productivity system. I know many other working artists who rely on these three critical components each day as well.
Long Term Effects
Meditation has also helped me "let go" of negative thought patterns. This helps me while I am painting to quiet the inner critic.
|Moon Child, 12x12" by Miriam Schulman, www.SchulmanArt.com|
In this art, a young girl meditates on the moon.
Find out more about the story behind this art on my website.
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In case we haven't met yet...
About Me (Miriam Schulman)
|Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place|
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and I’m the founder of The Inspiration Place where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired. See the art I create at schulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net