The Creative Mind: Keeping a balance

The need to create equilibrium these days is a feat for most zen folk let alone the average person. Yet, we all need some balance in our lives, whether it be it alone time, a work-out-session or just the ability to stare out the window and watch the clouds go by. The mind needs rest. With life becoming more often filtered through electronics and the responsibilities we carry in order to afford them we can’t always take a break from reality. For creatives (photographers) or natural problem solvers I feel there’s not only a need to keep in touch with freedom of mind but to have the ability to do it far more often than we probably care to do.

In order to stay in good graces with my creative spirit I personally have to stay balanced as much as possible or else my photography ideas get stagnant and slow down. If I can’t produce quality work then its a slippery slope into a creative/photographic funk that’s hard to get out of without a lot of work and making up for lost time. Overall, no bueno.

So how do you stay balanced? I’m always looking for ways to stay centered and basically do whatever I can to not lose my sh*t at the stresses of life.

David Burkus of Harvard Business Review explains exactly why breaks lead to creative breakthroughs:

“The researchers found that the group given a break to work on an unrelated task (the Myers-Briggs test) generated the most ideas…One possible explanation for these findings is that…When you work on a problem continuously, you can become fixated on previous solutions….Taking a break from the problem and focusing on something else entirely gives the mind some time to release its fixation on the same solutions and let the old pathways fade from memory. Then, when you return to the original problem, your mind is more open to new possibilities — eureka moments.”

Idleness is not a vice, it is indispensable for making those unexpected connections in the brain you crave and necessary to getting creative work done.

Meditation for me has been super great at keeping my monkey mind flexible and yet strong enough to withstand the day to day of button pushing. Thanks to my bro-in law I was gifted a kick arse meditation seat that has a permanent spot in front of our bay window for those early sunrise alone time mornings.

I’m a big olfactory type of person and incense help in keeping a calm household and can also help to energize us on those doldrums in the afternoon.

Those are just a couple of mine, write me and let me know what keeps you balanced and stoked on being alive.