Artists and Meditation
“No matter what, the first moments of my day are dedicated to breath, meditation, and silence.”
Musician Bibi McGill goes on to explain why self-care and meditation are important to her:
“I am an artist and I am creative; I am a Scorpio, so I definitely have a tendency to be very emotional and all over the place.
“I would not be able to do what I do and be grounded or focused if I didn’t commit myself to my yoga practices, which are not only physical.
“They are also the breathwork, what I eat, cleaning my sinuses, all of those things. It’s all eight limbs of yoga that I try to incorporate into my life.”
From Q&A with Beyonce’s Guitarist and Yogi Musician Bibi McGill, Yoga Journal Oct 13, 2014.
A post reports: “Beyoncé’s favorite Sundays: 6AM ~ Wake Up, Pray & Meditate…
“Her and her husband’s interest in meditation has grown over time, as Russell Simmons reported on the Huffington Post.”
– From Day in the Life: Beyoncé, Owaves.
Entrepreneur, producer and author Russell Simmons (music labels, clothing brands) meditates daily, and declares:
“You can never have an ‘aha’ moment, any kind of entrepreneurial or creative idea, unless you’re present, and meditation is the greatest tool known to bring people back to present.”
From Russell Simmons Explains Why Meditation Is Better Than Drinking, New York mag.
One of his books: Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple.
Another article lists the well-known artists Marina Abramović, David Lynch, Yoko Ono, Leonard Cohen and Jack Kerouac: 5 Famous Artists Who Meditate by Rubin Museum Of Art.
In their book on creativity research, Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire make a number of references to meditation and creativity. For example, they note:
“Steve Jobs has even said that meditation — which he studied with Zen master Shunryū Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind — was the main source of his creativity.”
Referring to the popular and successful musician, they write:
“After around two years of practicing meditation, Moby said that he had achieved a higher quality of life and enhanced creativity, mostly by quieting the negativity and noise in his mind.”
From their book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind.
Quotes are from my article Neurofeedback, Brainwave Meditation and Creativity.
Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, says “Mindfulness is a form of mental exercise, really.
“And just as exercise increases health, helps us handle stress better and promotes longevity, meditation purports to confer some of those same benefits.
“It’s been tried with many, many other disorders, and the results vary tremendously – it impacts some symptoms, but not all. The results are sometimes modest. And it doesn’t work for everybody.”
But, she adds, “It does seem to be beneficial for most people. The most important thing, if you’re going to try it, is to find a good teacher. Because it’s simple, but it’s also complex. You have to understand what’s going on in your mind. A good teacher is priceless.”
From Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain, By Brigid Schulte, The Washington Post, May 26, 2015.
One of those experts is Emily Fletcher, who has been invited to teach at Google, Harvard Business School, Summit Series, Viacom, Awesomeness Fest and Relativity Media.
Fletcher says, “I do my morning meditation and then it’s like taking a shower for my brain.”
One of many testimonials about her programs:
“I used to go through life gripping everything so tightly, I also had terrible stage fright. Since learning Ziva meditation, everything shifted.
“I rarely have performance anxiety anymore. Even during The Sound of Music performing live for millions of people, I wasn’t nervous.”
– Laura Benanti, TONY award winner and actor in TV series including “Nashville” and “The Good Wife.”
From the ZivaMIND site.
Also learn more about the Ziva meditation programs in my article: Meditation for stress, meditation for positive energy: ZivaMind.
Eby, D. (2017). Artists and Meditation. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 30, 2017, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2017/02/artists-and-meditation/