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.
guided meditation apps
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, 12×12″ 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.
Want to get started meditating too? I’ve compiled a list of meditation resources that will help get you started.
In case we haven’t met yet…
|Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place|
I’m Miriam Schulman, Chief Inspiration Officer of The Inspiration Place where I help Passionistas, Passion-makers and Passion-professionals reconnect with their creativity or profit from their passion. I live my creative life with gratitude in New York’s backyard. After witnessing the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Rejecting the starving artist myth, my paintings have been seen on NBC, published in art magazines & home décor books, and collected worldwide. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies