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The Creative Breathwork Series: Beat Block & Foster Flow #7: Inspiration Meditation

The essence of Inspiration Meditation is the soundless vibration of internal creative energy.  A form of mantra meditation, it focuses the mind and draws your attention inwards, leading to progressively higher and deeper states of creative consciousness, fostering imagination, ideas and insight. This meditation method uses sound [words] together with the absence of sound [the silent space between the words] as its focus. It integrates sound and space, words and silence and has three components: A word phrase. The spaces between the words of the phrase. The sound of “All”. Words have great power. Because language is so everyday, we…

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The Creative Breathwork Series: Beat Block & Foster Flow #6: Between The Words Breathing

Adopt the usual position With eyelids closed, bring your eyes to look into the left corner of the left eye and see your first name, your given name, imprinted there and sound the sound of your name slowly in your mind, three times. Keeping eyelids closed, bring your eyes towards the right corner of the right eye, and see your surname, your family name, imprinted there and sound the sound of your surname slowly in your mind, three times. Bring your eyes center, to the place known as the “third eye”, and enter the space between the words. Breathe into…

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The Creative Breathwork Series: Beat Block & Foster Flow
 #5: 4-7-8 Breathing

Adopt the usual position. Close you mouth and place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue. Become aware of your breath. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound. Through the mouth, take in a long, deep breath, counting slowly to four in your head: 1-2-3-4. Hold the breath for a count of seven:1-2-3-4-5-6-7. Slowly release the breath to a count of eight: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8. Keep your attention fully on your breath throughout….

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The Creative Breathwork Series: Beat Block & Foster Flow #4: Bellows Breathing

This breathing exercise raises vital energy and increases alertness. Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise. Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle. Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice the Bellows Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a…

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The Creative Breathwork Series: Beat Block & Foster Flow. #3: Counting The Breath

This is a technique much used by Zen Buddhist meditators. Adopt the usual position. First, let the breath come naturally without trying to influence it. Settle yourself on yourself. To begin the exercise, count “one” to yourself as you exhale. The next time you exhale, count “two,” and so on up to “five.” Then begin a new cycle, counting “one” on the next exhalation. Never count higher than “five,” and count only when you exhale. You will know your attention has wandered when you find yourself up to “eight,” “12,” even “19.” Try to do 10 minutes of this form…

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The Creative Breathwork Series: Beat Block & Foster Flow. #1: Follow Your Breath

The breath, like creative inspiration, comes of itself. We can consciously influence it, but only in part. Largely, it just flows. This is one of the great mysteries of human being. Where does this flow come from, where does it go? This exercise will teach you to notice your breath and how it feels to notice it. It seems so simple but nothing is more transformational. Creative Life, Creative Breath When you were born, the first thing somebody did for you was clear your airways and make sure you were breathing. Breath and life are intimately connected. To stay alive, we must keep breathing….

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How To Fit Writing Into A Busy Schedule

The Write Track wanted to know how I fit writing in with all the other things I do. They sent these questions to answer: Traditional publishers give authors deadlines, as an author-publisher how do you ensure you complete work? ORNA: I set deadlines – but I often break them! Last year I tried an experiment with a writer friend who works from a very disciplined energy, whereby she held me accountable to delivering by a certain date. But I ended up rushing the work. It didn’t suit me. I work in a much more organic way – but I do adopt a…

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How To Be More Creative #4: Meditate

Meditation makes you more creative. That’s the conclusion of a number of scientific studies, including this detailed look at which precise kinds of meditation foster creativity and creativism. But writers and artists have long known this. Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal One… not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the…

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Be More Creative Guest. This week… Osho on Instrinsic Value

“Have you seen Paras cleaning this floor of Chuang Tzu auditorium? Then you will know: cleaning can become creative. “With what love! Almost singing and dancing inside. “If you clean the floor with such love, you have done an invisible painting. You lived that moment in such delight that it has given you some inner growth. You cannot be the same after a creative act. “Creativity means loving whatsoever you do – enjoying, celebrating it, as a gift of existence! Maybe nobody comes to know about it. Who is going to praise Paras for cleaning this floor? History will not…

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#Inspiration #Meditation: Free ebook. I’m upgrading my Facebook page and its free giveaway. If you’d like a copy of  ‘Inspiration Meditation: A Guide For Writers Artists & Everyone’, go across now and like the page — soon it will no longer be available for free. I’m also looking for feedback on the book, as I’m putting together a new edition for print. If you’ve done Read More

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