where creative minds can interact
I’ve been increasingly interested in meditation for various reasons (spiritual exploration, to help with concentration, connecting mind and body, learning something new…), but one thing I hadn’t thought about was bringing a clarity and calmness of mind that allows for pure creative thoughts to come to the fore.
As meditation is about bringing the mind back to focus simply on the breath, the here and now, it is important to let thoughts come and go without judgement while you ease back into focus. It is inevitable that the mind will wander, but in this state I have found that amongst the meandering day-to-day distractions, little bubbles of thought keep popping up that feel pure, creative, inspired, or thought-provoking in some way.
These bubbles come and go just as any other thought does, but I felt that I would like to keep track of them somehow, whether for amusement or for further consideration at a later time. Some are coherent sentences, some are images, some blurry concepts, some questions. All are left to float in and out, and if I manage to remember them enough afterwards to capture them here, then so be it.
So, I've started a collection of ‘conscious bubbles’, creations of a clear, focused, mind as I remember them once off the meditation mat and back in the office chair. Although initially intended mostly for my own amusement, I welcome you to ponder them and share your thoughts if you wish.
Here is one of my conscious bubbles.
During walking meditation, your feet tread slowly, carefully on the hard floor. The tip of your heel feeling the way for the rest, the sides of the feet coming down not quite together, then the ball of the foot tentatively, then the toes a-jumbled, gripping slightly. All parts of the foot wobble a little, finding the ground, feeling their way towards a steady state to move forward on. All parts working separately and together, feeling, adjusting, supporting, until you have the step that you dreamed of when you first brought your heel towards the ground.