But even better than knowing how to move out of resistance is knowing how to avoid it in the first place.
A regular relaxation practice gives you that. Meditation and other forms of relaxation influence how your brain functions –making the RAS less reactive and limbic system takeovers less likely.
The more often you relax, the more engaged your cortex will stay. And the more engaged your cortex is, the easier it is to write.
Boost Creativity By Relaxing Your Brain
In one study, a test group who practiced daily mindfulness meditation for eight weeks reported feeling happier, more creative, more relaxed and more even-tempered than the control group (who didn’t do the meditation). The test group also had healthier immune systems.
Moreover, the test group’s brain scans changed significantly. After the test group practiced meditation for eight weeks, their brain scans showed increased activity in the left prefrontal lobe, an area that has been shown to inhibit the limbic system.
Your relaxation practice might be any of several forms of meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Gong or some similar practice. The longer you engage in a regular relaxation practice, the less you’ll need the Relax in the Moment Techniques discussed in the previous post.
I’ve been meditating for 30 minutes a day, five or six days a week for just over three years. I’m more relaxed in general, have more equanimity and creative energy, and notice that situations that used to annoy me enormously aren’t worth getting into a lather over anymore. Funny thing is that not getting revved actually makes it easier to resolve those situations.
When I do fret myself into a limbic system takeover, I recognize it sooner and can relax my way out it faster.
If you’d like more relaxation tips, check out Volume 14, Issue 3 of Imagination InkLinks.
Do you meditate or practice some other form of relaxation? What does it do for your writing?