Meditation is “a tool to help de-excite your nervous system so you can get rid of stress in your body which is going to help you perform at the top of your game in every area of your life.”
Emily Fletcher, founder of Ziva Meditation.
She found out about the health benefits of meditation during her 10-year career on Broadway:
“I was doing ‘A Chorus Line’ [she is in the center in the photo] and I was understudying three of the lead roles which means that you show up to the theater and have no idea who you’re going to go on for.
“Sometimes I would start the show as one character and then halfway through they would switch me to a different character or I’d be chilling in my dressing room doing my taxes and they would say ‘Emily Fletcher to the stage’ – and I would start panicking because I wouldn’t know which part I was going on for.
“Long story short, I started having insomnia – I couldn’t sleep through the night for 18 months; I started going gray at the tender age of 26, and I was miserable.
“So I went to this meditation class I liked what I heard, it made sense to me.
“On the first day of the first course I was ‘meditating’ – I didn’t know what that meant but I was doing something different than I had ever done before and I liked it.
“And then that night I slept through the night for the first time in 18 months and I have every night since and that was eight years ago.”
See more about her online program in article (with videos):
Meditation and Mindfulness for less stress and more energy: ZivaMind.
Mihaela Ivan Holtz, Psy.D., LMFT helps creative people in TV/Film, performing and fine arts.
She also writes about the pleasures and emotional challenges of being creative on her site Creative Minds Psychotherapy.
Here is an excerpt from one of her related articles:
The benefits of meditation and mindfulness for creatives and performers are numerous.
As a creative and performer you need to be in touch with your inner space and sense of self.
At the same time, you have multiple demands that require your attention.
Your creative and performing space can easily get crowded with normal life stress, worries, fears, relationship issues… even the good life events.
Sometimes, becoming challenging to remain present when you need it most.
Meditation is the practice of being present and aware of the in-the-now moment with equanimity.
As equanimity, comes from the Latin “equal spirit,” it means being “OK” with what is going on in-the-now, regardless of what that moment presents.
This does not mean that you have to like the present moment!
It means that you do not have to become reactive, be in denial, or act out about the present moment.
You can learn to choose your reaction.
Meditation on the Go
While meditation requires you to devote time to be with yourself, mindfulness is more like meditation on the go.
Mindfulness allows you to practice being in present moment while doing work, connecting with people, even watching a show… engaged with different people, activities, and situations.
Meditation and mindfulness practices are effective in developing more clarity about the present moment, responding from an emotional cleaner place, and having more access to your abilities.
Read more in her article
Meditation & Mindfulness
Lena Dunham on Using Meditation for Creative Work
Lena Dunham has found meditation helps her creativity:
“I often find that if I’m sort of up against the wall creatively and don’t understand how to fix a problem and feel totally at a loss, if I meditate and take that time, when I emerge the idea has sort of almost happened without me, because it was sort of in their the whole time, the solution, and meditating allowed me to calm all the noise around it and let it emerge, and that is one of it’s greatest uses.”
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