A Simple Tool for Creativity, Resilience and Joy
As a designer and illustrator, I get a lot of mileage out of meditation. I meditate every single day because there is simply no better tool to harness creativity and joy and to build resilience against the peaks and valleys of life.
Meditation is not about finding an empty void of nothingness. It’s about taming the crushing waves of the mind and diving into the depth of the soul in search of untold inner treasures.
Think of your mind as an onion with layers upon layers. When we dream, we are all very creative. Stilling the incessant chatter of the mind, we can peel off the layer that masks our imagination and let creativity flow freely from the subconscious mind.
In such a meditative state, you will discover an inner world that is filled with resplendent colors, delicious complexities and surprising ideas.
Dive deeper still to peel off more layers, and you will find soothing and sublime states of mind that are impossible to describe.
Some days your meditation will seem useless because your mind refuses to quiet down. Some days you’ll sense a deep inner joy, and on other days you’ll experience a flood of new ideas. All in all, it adds greatly to the quality to life.
And the good news is that all it takes is daily practice. If you want to become adept at playing the piano, you had better keep at it day in and day out. Becoming a good meditator requires exactly the same.