Before we start, if you haven’t read my post on how meditation helps with creativity, head on over here first.
There are loads of resources out there on meditation and mindful living–just Googling is going to give you a headache. Below are some of my favorite resources–the ones that were helpful to me when I began meditating, and the ones that continue to be helpful as I journey on this path. I will update this page as regularly as I can.
I cannot stress enough that YOU CAN TOTALLY MEDITATE. I tried a bunch of times when I was younger and, when my mind didn’t get all empty and blissed-out (or, let’s be honest, when I was bored to tears), I gave up. But the benefits of meditation are crazy good, and it’s sort of impossible to deny the mounting scientific evidence that meditation is just enormously helpful for navigating the stressors of our modern world, and the uncertainty in art-making, plain and simple.
How To Start A Meditation Practice
- The best way is if there’s a place where you can take classes locally. My home studio is MNDFL in NYC. Don’t worry if you can’t find a place – most of a meditator’s practice is done in their own home – centers just put you in touch with knowledgeable teachers and make it easy to get pointers on posture, etc. as well as get support.
- I think the easiest way to start is through guided meditation. You can find all kinds of apps and stuff online, but I’ll list some of my favorites below.
- Have a space in your home where you can meditate daily. You don’t need to buy a fancy cushion, though you’ll likely want a cushion when you begin to have longer practices. A chair is fine. This space should be devoid of clutter and quiet (if possible).
- Start SLOWLY. Aim for five days a week at five minutes per day. Do this for a whole month. Then go up to 10 minutes per day for the next month, and so on. Many experts say that it’s best to meditate between 12-20 minutes each day to get maximum benefits, but you’ll still get benefits with five minutes.
- Get and read Susan Piver’s slim, yet incredibly helpful, book Start Here Now. In it, she outlines all the benefits of meditation, some of the things that might keep us from the cushion, and outlines a great plan for getting started.
If you’re new to meditation, then Headspace or the Calm App is for you. These are guided meditations, perfect for people who are certain they can’t meditate, and for on-the-go meditation. All my clients begin using these right after our first call.
The meditation studio I go to in NYC (and where I’m getting my meditation teaching certification), is MNDFL. Not in NYC? No problem! There are online video sessions. I can’t tell you how much this place and its teachers and community has changed my life.
For resources on creativity and writing/craft, click below.