Sometimes creativity does not come easily. There are times when stepping away from the notebook or the computer is needed, and I often turn to meditation as a solution. Meditation does not have to involve finding a zen-like environment, breaking out scented candles and humming om for several minutes. It could be as simple as eating a piece of chocolate.
This meditation is by Dr. Danny Penman from his Mindfulness in a Frantic World column in 2011. I’ve included some modifications for creative types that will be helpful for writers. Penman suggests trying a new type of chocolate for this exercise, but I prefer using small Dove chocolates, particularly dark chocolates, instead.
This meditation takes only three minutes. Play some light music and set a time with a calm alarm.
- Unwrap the chocolate and rest it on the tongue. Read the inscription on the Dove wrapper and slowly close your eyes.
- Concentrate on the smoothness of the chocolate. Do not bite into the chocolate yet; wait until the three minutes are up. Instead, enjoy how the chocolate begins to melt inside the mouth.
- Think about the inscription. Is it inspiring? Is it funny? Is it relevant to your needs now?
- As time runs out, enjoy the chocolate slowly. If necessary, repeat with another piece of chocolate.
- Open your eyes slowly and write down the thoughts you had during the meditation. Creativity may strike during this quiet time.