“The thing about meditation is: you become more and more You.” This was once said by a well-known advocate for mindfulness, film director David Lynch.
Meditation is a practice that uses particular techniques such as regulated breathing, mindfulness, or thought-focus, to train attention and awareness. As a result, one can achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm, stable state.
Mediation Offers Mental Benefits to Help the Creative Process
More and more people are discovering the impeccable physical and mental benefits of meditation. And thus, they incorporate this practice into their everyday life. Accordingly, many filmmakers, musicians and artists practice mindfulness daily.
But why is meditation good for creative people? What is there in particular that could benefit filmmakers?
First and foremost, practicing meditation is related to stress reduction. Decreasing stress and anxiety is one of the most common reasons why people practice meditation in the first place. As we know, working in the film industry can be quite a stressful career. Late night shoots. Disputes with co-workers. Going over the budget. Indeed, these and many other issues filmmakers face can directly affect one’s mental health.
Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, lowers down the level of cortisol, a stress related hormone. As a result, this reduces high blood pressure and decreases anxiety.
Accordingly, film set workers notice that sometimes their mind and body might feel exhausted after a long shooting shift. Consequently, one might feel demotivated and completely indifferent on being creative.
Evidence of a Creative Boost
Studies have shown that practicing meditation daily can cause a boost in creativity. A variety of filmmakers such as Darren Aronofsky and David Lynch, for example, have mentioned that meditation has helped them in their creative endeavors. Thus, it helps to come up with the ideas needed for all stages of the film production.
David Lynch, compares the mindfulness technique he practices (known as Transcendental Meditation) to a process of fishing for creative inspiration. Lynch regards ideas as fish. Meaning, the deeper he goes through this meditation within the realms of his own subconsciousness, the more intricate and interesting this fish is. Whether working on a new screenplay , blocking, or script breakdown meditation can provide a handful of creative ideas.
With meditation, a filmmaker is left alone with their own thoughts and ideas. Indeed, guided attention and focused mindfulness allows a person to stay one-on-one with the emotions.
Meditation provides insight into who you truly are and what kind of stories you want to tell as a filmmaker.
Mindfulness as a Meditation Technique
A practice of mindfulness, one of meditation techniques, can teach your mind how to direct attention to a particular subject, focus and increase the spectre of awareness. This means that the more you practice meditation, the more control you have over your own mind, and the more you can direct your attention.
So, a prolonged attention span will enable you to concentrate on a particular project for a longer period of time. Being dedicated and persistent are vital skills for a successful filmmaker.
In conclusion, meditation can definitely do miracles and is an interesting practice for creatives to try. It is a largely subjective experience, as different people gain different benefits from it. Yet, regardless of who you are and what you do, one should consider it to give it at least a try.